UK to hold tornado drill on Friday

By News Staff

UK will participate in a campus-wide tornado drill on Friday morning in Kentucky Emergency Management’s Statewide Tornado Safety Drill.

The statewide drill comes at the end of Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is March 1-6.

UK Police Division of Crisis Management and Preparedness will trigger the drill, which is also a way to test the UK Alert system.

“A critical element in ensuring the safety of our community is a continual willingness to test ourselves and our capabilities. Preparedness is the best form of prevention,” UK Police said in a campus-wide email.

At 10:07 a.m., an alert will be sent that reads, “This is a drill. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the Lexington area until 10:13AM. This is only a drill.”

The message will be sent via text, email, voice calls, VoIP phones, indoor speakers, desktop notifications, the outdoor blue phone towers, the UK website and UK social media.

At 10:13 a.m., another message will be sent that reads, “The situation is all clear. The drill has concluded. You may resume normal activity.”

In the case of actual severe weather on Friday morning, the drill will be postponed.

Participants are encouraged to take the UK Alert Survey after the drill’s completion.