Severe weather season kicks off with a drill

By: Angela Beavin Email
By: Angela Beavin Email

It might be hard to believe, with the cold temperatures and even some snow falling today, but we are at the beginning of severe weather season in Kentucky.

The National Weather Service conducted a statewide drill this morning to help prepare for real tornado warnings we may encounter soon.

Several schools took part in the drill, which officials say is an important part of ensuring students' safety.

Just past ten Tuesday morning, "It's time for the tornado drill. If everyone would get in the appropriate places please."

Students at Roy G. Eversole Elementary in Hazard participated in the severe weather drill.

School officials say the drill teaches students how to react in an emergency.

"Preparing students, so that it's just second nature," says Principal Vivian Carter.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service say the drill is timely, right as the severe weather season starts, but say safety skills are important all year long.

"It's important that everybody is prepared and aware and that they have a plan because severe weather in Kentucky can strike us at any time," says Jim Maczko, Morning Coordination Meteorologist.

They stay busy preparing for anything mother nature brings.

"We do a lot of drills in house to make sure that we are ready. We do a lot of weather simulations so our forecasters are practiced all year round," Maczko says.

School officials say the drills are part of their number one priority--safety.

"Parents entrust us to take care of their children. These are their hearts, walking around on legs, and it's our duty and our responsibility," says Carter.

She says preparing students for severe weather is part of it.

Forecasters say the peak severe weather season starts in March and lasts until late June.

Here are some helpful websites to stay safe!

Www.weather.gov

www.weather.gov/radar

www.weather.gov/safety.php


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