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Kentucky Tornadoes

Severe Weather: Staying Safe


Spring can be a dangerous season in Kentucky, with a higher potential for tornadoes, severe storms, lightning, and flooding. Experts answer viewers’ questions about severe weather and how to prepare for storm season.

March 14 at 9/8 p.m. on KET

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Kentucky Tornadoes Aftermath

A KET Special Report

This KET report examines the rescue, recovery and rebuilding efforts of Kentucky communities devastated by the tornadoes of December 2021. The program interviews storm survivors, spotlights the work of first responders and talks with state leaders about what can be done to aid the communities, families and businesses that suffered such loss.

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You Can Help

If you would like to lend a hand to Kentuckians in need, you can donate to the
Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund.

Kids and Families

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Arthur: Shelter from the Storm

When a hurricane hits Elwood City, the entire community is affected. The children experience a range of emotions and learn that getting help and helping others are good ways to cope with their fears and anxieties.

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Caregiver Tips for Talking About Emergencies

If a crisis has occurred in your community, use these tips for talking about emergencies with young children.

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Families Help Each Other: Emergencies

If a crisis has occurred in your community, reassure children that adults are working to keep them safe.

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Handling Emergencies

Whether you’re preparing for the unexpected or recovering from it, your reassurance and comfort hold great power to soothe children even on the scariest, toughest days.

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Offering Comfort

During tough times—both everyday challenges and more serious experiences—support from caring adults can offer children comfort and reassurance.

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Traumatic Experiences

When a child endures a traumatic experience, the whole family feels the impact. But adults hold the power to help lessen its effects.

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When Something Scary Happens

Resources to help families cope in emergencies and other challenging times.