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May 21, 2013

Local schools prepared for the worst when storms strike

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Robinson advised individuals to be aware of their surroundings and not wait for a storm to hit before checking out places one could go in the event on an emergency.
“If you have small kids at home, do drills,” he said. “Be weather aware. If it’s on the 10 p.m. news or 5 p.m. news and there’s a potential for storms, be watching. If it looks stormy outside, be looking for a place to go. Don’t wait until it strikes and then say, ‘We’ve got to go.’”
Robinson also trumpeted the Pulaski County 911 Center’s Code Red system, which sends alerts over the phone if there’s a severe weather situation. Robinson said individuals can call 606-679-3200 to register for the alert, which he noted is more effective than tornado sirens outdoors, which aren’t always easy to hear.
Robinson and other local personnel are standing by, waiting to be told if their services are required in assisting in the Oklahoma relief efforts. So far, said Robinson, no such requests have been made, but Robinson has been in contact with emergency officials in the Kentucky state capital to ask if Oklahoma needs an assistance contingent from here in Pulaski County.
“At this time, we haven’t been called,” he said. “This will be a long recovery. (It involves) rebuilding, clearing, stuff like that. It’s not going to be an overnight thing, it will take months.”

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