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Statewide tornado drill for Severe Weather Awareness Month

By: Melissa Etezadi Email
By: Melissa Etezadi Email

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - On March 2, 2012, more than twenty people lost their lives after a tornado outbreak ripped through Kentucky.

As a way to raise awareness, Governor Steve Beshear declared March Severe Weather Awareness Month.

On Tuesday morning, thousands across the state participated in a statewide tornado drill.

Students, staff and faculty members at Liberty Elementary took part in the drill. "It's about making the kids feel safer when they are here in the building," explains Administrative Dean, Fred Snodgrass. "They are not with their parents they are here with the teachers so it just increases that sense of safety."

State officials say schools throughout the state are required to participate in at least one tornado drill a year.

"This is our fourth tornado drill this year. We do a drill every month, from fire drills to mock lock downs. We just want to make sure our students are prepared if a disaster were to hit."

Weather radios as well as television programs were interrupted for the drill.

Emergency management officials stress that having a game plan is the best way to reduce anxiety and chaos if a severe weather situation were to occur.

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