Boone County is vulnerable to a variety of severe weather. Heavy rain, flooding, thunderstorms, tornadoes and winter storms are all examples of severe weather conditions that may occur in Boone County.
Severe weather preparedness is a responsibility of Boone County Emergency Management. Boone County has been recognized as StormReady by the National Weather Service for our Severe Weather Preparedness efforts. Educating the public about how to prepare for and protect themselves from severe weather that can threaten life and damage property is an important aspect of our responsibility to be StormReady.
The following information is a brief summary of severe weather preparedness services made available to the public by Boone County Emergency Management.
Severe Weather Preparedness Plans
Our agency is available to provide assistance to any Boone County school, business or resident in implementing severe weather preparedness plans and procedures for facilities or residences.
For further information on emergency plans for schools click here.
For further information on emergency plans for business and industry click here.
For further information on emergency plans for homes click here.
Educational presentations about the risks of severe weather may be scheduled for civic groups, businesses, schools, or any other selected audience.
NOAA Weather Radio
The fastest, most accurate and reliable means of receiving severe weather information is through a NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio with a ?tone alert? feature and battery backup. Weather radios may be purchased at local electronics stores.
NOAA Weather Radio is operated directly from the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, Ohio which provides coverage for Boone County. The weather radio ?tone alert? is activated when weather watches and warnings are issued. Newer models are capable of warning you only if severe weather is expected to reach Boone County. This feature is called Specific Area Message Encoding (S.A.M.E.). Ask your local electronics retailer for help programming your weather radio before you leave the store.
(Needed to program your S.A.M.E. NOAA Weather Radio)
Tornadoes are natures most violent storms and can leave an area devastated in minutes. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud, striking the ground with winds of up to 300 miles per hour. Many persons have described the sound of an approaching tornado as resembling a train. Tornadoes can strike at any time of the day and during any season of the year. In Kentucky, tornadoes occur most frequently in March, April, May and June.
WHAT TO DO BEFORE A TORNADO STRIKES
1. Know the terms used to describe tornado threats and severe weather:
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH means that the current atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms. Severe thunderstorms include torrential rainfall, damaging winds, dangerous lightning and hail. Severe thunderstorms can also spawn tornadoes. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or local commercial television or radio stations for current information and possible warnings.
A TORNADO WATCH means that the current atmospheric conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio or local commercial television or radio stations for current information and possible warnings.
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING means that a severe thunderstorm is actually occurring within the jurisdiction for which the warning is being issued. Those persons outside should seek shelter immediately and tune to NOAA Weather Radio or local commercial television or radio stations for specific information concerning the storm.
A TORNADO WARNING means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by National Weather Service radar. This is an extremely dangerous situation and you should take shelter immediately.
2. Purchase a NOAA Weather Radio with "tone alert" and battery backup.
3. Develop an Emergency Plan.
Plans for schools
Plans for business/industry
Plans for homes
4. Maintain a Disaster Supplies Kit.
FLOODS AND FLASH FLOODS
As little as six inches of fast moving water can knock you off your feet and a depth of two feet will float your car! Never try to walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Stop, turn around and go another way.
Regardless of how a flood or flash flood occurs the plan for staying safe is simple: head for higher ground and stay out of flood waters.
FLOOD ? occurs in known floodplains when prolonged rainfall or intense rainfall over a short period of time causes a river or stream to overflow.
FLASH FLOOD ? occurs within a few minutes or up to 6 hours after a rain event or after a sudden release of water due to a dam or levee failure or the release of an ice or debris dam.
HOW TO PREPARE