Flatwoods Fire Department
Tornadoes are nature’s most violent storms. Spawned from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can cause fatalities and devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour. Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Some tornadoes are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornadoes develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible. Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.
What you need
Siren is tested 1st Wednesday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
(Unless severe weather is forecast for our area)
Test will last around (1) one minute
In an emergency - siren will sound for (3) Three Minutes.
In an emergency - the siren will repeat several times.
In an emergency - take shelter immediately
In an emergency - tune to TV - Radio - Weather Radio
to find out further instructions.
Have a plan for your family - Don't wait until it's to late.
Do you know the difference between a Watch & Warning? Click on the image to expand the image.
Learn More Here!!
Learn more about tornadoes at ready.gov - this site will help you with your family plan before, during, and after a tornado.
Listen to Local Officials
Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.
West Liberty Kentucky March 2012. They do happen here, its a matter of WHEN not if. Know what to do and have a plan in place. West Liberty is 50 air miles from Flatwoods.