At approximately 10:07 a.m. EST/9:07 a.m. CST on Friday, March 3, the National Weather Service, Kentucky Emergency Management, the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee, and the Kentucky Broadcasters Association will partner to issue tornado warning test messages. The drill is an effort to ensure readiness in case of a severe weather emergency.
Information on the drill itself can be found on the Severe Weather Awareness Week Website at http://www.weather.gov/rah/2017ncswpw. Those on or near campus can expect to hear soundings of the siren system at 10 a.m.
The National Weather Service notes that Kansas experiences a wide variety of summertime severe weather, including: tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and flash flooding. At this time, participants should consider where the safe areas are in the buildings they frequent so they are always prepared to take shelter.
Governor Matt Bevin has declared March 1 through 7 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to take part in the drill by practicing tornado safety measures and updating emergency plans.