SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK – SHELBY COUNTY
(HARLAN) Shelby County Emergency Management is gearing up for severe weather awareness week April 4th through the 8th.
“It’s that time of year where it’s good to just kind of think about what you would do if a tornado would threaten; where you would send your customers, your clients, or your residents,” said Seivert.
Shelby County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Seivert says a voluntary statewide Tornado drill will be conducted Wednesday morning, April 6th, beginning with a test tornado watch being issued at 9:50 a.m. The test tornado warning will occur at approximately 10:10 a.m.
Seivert encourages everyone to review your departments, facilities or communities policy, procedures and individuals responsibilities for severe weather threats. He also encourages everyone to purchase a NOAA weather radio in your home or business.
“What this does is it allows a tone alerted radio to be placed in your home and you’ll get the warnings from the National Weather Service just as fast as the 911 centers and the media gets them,” said Seivert.
Seivert said residents can also sign up for free Code Red weather alerts.
“That will actually send the tornado warning directly to your cell phone or your home phone through that mechanism,” said Seivert.
You can sign up for Code Red alerts at www.shelbycountyema.com or call the Emergency Management Agency at 712-755-2124.
Seivert also encourages ball parks, soccer fields, and other outdoor facilities that kids attend during the summer to look at their emergency plans and what they would do if the tornado sirens should sound. He said EMA is willing to assist you with your plans, just contact them at 755-5160.