Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week

Every year, the state of Kentucky holds Severe Weather Awareness Week during the first week of March. University of Kentucky campus participates in a statewide tornado safety drill to give all faculty, staff, students, and visitors the opportunity to review their emergency plans for tornadoes, hurricanes, and severe weather. It is also an opportunity for the Department of Crisis Management and Preparedness to test various notification systems all across campus including UK Alert.

Be a Force of Nature

Know Your Risk

Take Action

Be an Example

Understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you and your family.

Make sure that you and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes creating a disaster supplies kit and making sure that you can receive emergency messages from UK Alert & from the LiveSafe app.

Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your weather preparedness story. Be a Force of Nature by letting your friends and family know what you did to become weather-ready.

Know the Difference

Tornado Watch

Tornado Warning

Tornado Watch: Be Prepared! Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. 

Tornado Warning: Take Action! A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. 

During a Tornado Warning

If you can safely get to a sturdy building, then do so immediately.

If you are in a building with no basement, then get to a small interior room on the lowest level.

Cover your head and neck with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket, if possible.

Watch out for flying debris that can cause injury or death.

Tornado DON'TS

Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You’re safer in a low, flat location.

Do not try to outrun a tornado in a vehicle.

If you are trapped, cover your mouth to avoid breathing dust. Instead of shouting, use a whistle, send a text or bang on a pipe or wall.

Do not enter damaged buildings until you are told that they are safe.