The National Weather Service (NWS-KY) and the Kentucky Emergency Alert System (EAS, which includes all Kentucky Radio and TV stations) will conduct a TORNADO DRILL in support of the Governor’s order naming February “Severe Storm Preparedness Month.”
The test is to be a STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL using the ‘live’ code “TOR” and is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:07 am EST. In the case of threatening weather, the test would be postponed to March 1st or the first day with non-threatening weather conditions.
The Kentucky State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) has obtained, from the FCC, a ‘One time’ waiver of CFR 47 rules to allow broadcasters to legally relay this drill. (See link below)
One of the stipulations of the waiver grant is that all broadcasters will make every practicable effort to inform the public that the drill is coming and it will be a test, not an actual emergency. Broadcasters are also requested to run their own local disclaimer immediately after the test. Note: For most stations, since this will be run under the ‘TOR’ header, it will automatically relay immediately on receipt. Also, since this drill must be originated by regional NWS offices, in a few areas it may run twice. If anyone gets a complaint or any feedback from the public, please inform Greg Happel.
For any questions, comments please contact:
Greg Happel, SECC Chair