McCracken County faces many weather related and man-made challenges throughout the year; from tornadoes, flooding, and winter storms, to daily emergencies.

To make the best of these situations we urge you to BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A  PLAN!

Be Aware:
• Know what risks face your community
• Know in advance your weather forecasts
• Own and monitor a battery backup NOAA Weather Alert Radio and battery (or crank) AM/FM radio for local broadcasts
• During an emergency stay tuned to your local broadcasting stations
• Discuss conditions with family members and know their location during times of known potentially threatening conditions

Be prepared:
• You should have at minimum a three day supply of food and water for each member of your family. Changing out periodically.
• Put together an emergency kit to include essentials such as: medicines, flash lights, radio, extra batteries, matches, candles, first aid supplies, eye glasses, extra keys, CASH, etc.
• Refresh you emergency kit(s) periodically
• If you own a generator, read and familiarize yourself with the owner’s safety manual before ever attempting to use it

Have a Plan:
Along with an emergency kit you should have an emergency plan.
• Discuss your plan with family members, neighbors and an out of state
• Review your plan periodically for necessary updates
• Drill – practice your plan with household members

Preparedness guides and additional information can be found at


Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed.

Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do three key things: (1) build an emergency supply kit, (2) make a family emergency plan and (3) be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses. Select the links below for more information.


Natural Disasters:

Extreme Heat


Home Fires

Severe Weather

Thunderstorms and Lightning


Winter Storms & Extreme Cold


Build an Emergency Supply Kit:

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit

Maintaining Your Kit

Kit Storage Locations

Car Safety


Utilities Shut-Off:

Natural Gas /Water/Electricity


Prepare for Terrorist Hazards:

Biological Threats

Chemical Threats 

Cyber Attack 


Nuclear Blast

Radiological Dispersion Device (RDD)