Ten years after Lexington tornado, city holds special meeting

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FAYETTE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Ten years after a tornado leveled a Lexington community, community members and Fayette County emergency management officials came together to talk about disaster preparedness.

An F-3 tornado leveled several homes and damaged many others in the Masterson Station neighborhood on May 27, 2004.

The tornado is considered to be one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit Fayette County.

“One of the big things we learned in this tornado 10 years ago is that we need to get people more prepared for the aftermath and how they can be more ready to handle that,” said Pat Dugger, Director of Fayette County Emergency Management.

Fayette County Emergency Management along with other organizations and weather experts set up booths, laid out pamphlets and offered presentation during Tuesday's special meeting at BCTC Leestown Campus.

“This 10 year anniversary is special to me not only as a representative but as a citizen. It’s an opportunity for us to reflect as citizens on how we can be safer,” said City Councilwoman Shevawn Akers.

But unfortunately most of the seats at Tuesday’s meeting remained empty.

“If it’s not happening immediately, people put it out of their minds,” said Tiffany Wheeler, who attended the meeting.

“With them not showing up it seems like we can go back down the same path again and have people injured,” Jeff Crabb told us.

In the future, emergency management officials just want folks to remember that when it comes to natural disasters -- it's much smarter and safer for you to be proactive than reactive.

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