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Sirens go off for statewide tornado drill

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - You may have heard storm sirens go off this morning, but it was all a drill. The statewide tornado drill happened this morning.

Sirens sounded and teachers at Pikeville Elementary School shuffled their students into the hallway, each of them hunkering down against the walls. But this was no real emergency.

"We always make sure that we practice it. We always practice several times throughout the year all of our drills not just the tornado drill," said Principal Robert Jones.

For the City of Pikeville this drill was more important than usual. It was the first statewide drill since storm sirens were installed.

"We are tornado prone. Obviously that was proved last year during the tornado outbreak, and we want everybody to understand that and we want them to be as prepared as possible," said Pikeville Public Safety Director Paul Maynard.

Officials say if you are outside and you hear those sirens you should come inside immediately and seek shelter.

They also say there are other ways for people to stay weather aware, including on your cell phone. Many areas have county-wide text alert systems in place, and the National Weather Service is implementing automatic text alerts for certain carriers, no sign-up required.

"Anytime we can receive a notification early it will give us every opportunity that we can to make our children safe," said Jones.

Officials say the drill was a successful one.

TV stations, radio stations and weather radios also broadcasted Tuesday's drill.

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