March is “Severe Weather Awareness Month” which marks the beginning of the severe weather season.
In conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Month I Kentucky at approximately 10:07 AM EST, Tuesday, March 5, the National Weather Service (NWS), partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) and Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA) will issue a tornado warning test message.
Outdoor warning sirens will sound across Kentucky communities, weather alert radios will activate and television and radio stations will broadcast the alert – allowing the public the opportunity to practice tornado safety drill.
The broadcast test message will emphasize this is only a test of the alert system, as schools across the Commonwealth use this time to conduct their annual statewide tornado drill. During the test alert, all Kentuckians, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes and government agencies are encouraged to practice their tornado safety drill and update their emergency plan.