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Rowan County to participate in statewide tornado drill


Kentucky Emergency Management will be conducting a statewide tornado drill this week, and Rowan County will be joining in.

Officials with Rowan County Emergency Management said at 10:07 a.m. on March 6, they will sound all three of the county’s outdoor tornado sirens for 15 seconds as a test to coincide with the statewide drill. Those sirens are located on Main Street, KY 801 and McBrayer Road.

Jarred Moore is the Director of Rowan County Emergency Management. He said the drill comes at the perfect time.

“As we transition out of winter and into spring, our humidity increases, the atmosphere temperature rises. So, we do start seeing a rise in tornadic activity in and around Kentucky,” he said. “Really, we stay in that heightened level of awareness through December.”

Moore added participation in the drill is not mandatory, but he hoped everyone will take note.

“It’s highly recommended because we love a well-planned community. It just makes things move seamlessly. We would love to see great participation as local as down inside your homes, going to your lowest level, be it a basement or your most interior room with no windows, as well as all the way up to knowing where to go in your workplace,” he said.

Additionally, Moore said it’s a good idea to keep a radio or phone nearby in times of inclement weather.