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Congressman Andy Barr

Representing All the People of Kentucky's Sixth District

Disaster Preparedness

Tornadoes | Earthquakes | Other Disasters

Tornado Season in Kentucky is March 1 through June 30.  Are You Ready if a Tornado Strikes?

Watch Congressman Barr's Video on Tornado Preparedness

Be Prepared

  • Develop a tornado emergency plan, and practice it once a year.
  • Identify a location where you and the occupants of your household will go in the event of a tornado.
    • Experts recommend a room on the lowest level – preferably in a basement, and in a bathroom or another interior room – away from windows, doors, and outer walls.

Stay Alert

  • Be aware of daily weather forecasts.
  • If the potential for severe weather is forecast or threatening weather appears to be approaching, start monitoring NOAA weather radio or your local television and radio stations for the latest weather bulletins.
  • REMEMBER: A "Tornado Watch" means that conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes; a "Tornado Warning" means that a tornado has been spotted, and you should go to a place of safety immediately.
  • Stay in touch with family members and know their location so long as the potential for severe weather remains.
  • Despite Doppler radar and other advanced technologies, tornadoes can still strike with little or no warning.  Learn how to watch the sky and identify the warning signs:
    • A dark, often greenish sky;
    • A loud roar, similar to a freight train.    
    • Large hail;
    • A large, low-lying cloud, particularly one that is rotating;

If You Are Traveling in Your Car and See a Tornado

  • DO NOT try to outrun the tornado.
  • Stop and seek shelter in the nearest place of safety; such as a sturdy building.
  • If you are out in the open, leave your car if possible and lie flat and face down in the nearest ditch.
  • NEVER seek shelter under a highway overpass.

In Case You Lose Power, Have Emergency Supplies Ready

  • First aid kit and essential medications; extra eyeglasses;
  • Canned food and can opener;
  • At least three gallons of water per person;
  • Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags; B
  • Battery-powered (or crank) radio, flashlight, and extra batteries;
  • Waterproof matches and candles;
  • Local phone book and copies of insurance policies in sealed water proof bags;
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members;
  • Extra set of car keys.

For a these tips or more of how you can keep your family safe and prepared, you may reach the  Kentucky Emergency Management Operations Desk by phone 24 hours a day by dialing 800-255-2587 or logging onto for more information.   

Earthquake Readiness

While other regions have a greater popular association with earthquakes, Kentucky's proximity to the New Madrid Fault makes earthquakes a very real possibility in our area.  Here's what experts advise:

Develop a Home Earthquake Plan

  • Choose a safe place in every room — under a sturdy table or desk or against an inside wall where nothing can fall on you.Practice DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON with your children. Drop under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm. If there's no table or desk nearby, sit on the floor against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you.Choose an out-of-town family contact
  • Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your home.
  • Inform babysitters and caregivers of your plan.

Be prepared to live without electricity, gas, water and telephones for up to three days. Have Supplies On-hand Including

  • First aid kit and essential medications.Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infant, elderly, or disabled family members.
  • Keeping essentials, such as a flashlight and sturdy shoes, by your bedside.

Protect your Pets

More details on earthquake preparedness are available from:

Preparing for Other Disasters

Here are some other valuable resources regarding disaster and public emergency preparedness: