Tornado drill impacts hundreds

Photo Submitted  Students at Barbourville Elementary participated in the statewide drill Tuesday.
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Students at Barbourville Elementary participated in the statewide drill Tuesday.

Hundreds of Barbourville children and adults successfully completed a tornado drill Tuesday as part of a statewide drill by Kentucky Emergency Management.

“All sirens worked properly,” said Barbourville Mayor David Thompson. “I was with Police Chief Winston Tye when the alarm sounded and everything went as planned.”

Several organizations participated in the drill, including schools, daycares, Barbourville ARH, Knox County Health Department, Knox County Courthouse and large business. The drill was to ensure the town would be prepared for the event of an actual tornado.

“We are very satisfied with the drill,” said Emergency Manager Mike Mitchell. “All agencies that participated followed procedure very well.”

Of the three sirens in the area, two were used for the alarm. The other, located at City Hall, was known to be in proper order as it sounds everyday at noon, and was excluded from the drill.

“We are actually looking for grants to fund two more sirens,” said Mayor Thompson. “We hope to get more to reach farther out in the area. We would like to put one towards Knox Central High School in Bimble and another on US 25E or in Heidrick.”