Two Magoffin County officials are being honored for their response to a tornado event in southeast Kentucky almost a year ago. County Judge Executive Charles Hardin and Emergency Management Director Mike Wilson are recipients of the StormReady Community Hero Award. Wilson alerted Hardin of the impending tornado heading toward Salyersville. Jackson National Weather Service meteorologist Shawn Harley says the county judge made door to door visits along highway 460.
“There were numerous restaurants and businesses that he visited. Because he warned them, people took shelter and we believe that their actions that day saved at least 50 people from injury and possible death as a strong tornado destroyed several businesses along U.S. 460 in Salyersville,” said Harley.
The national program helps communities strengthen hazardous weather operations through better communication and education. Harley says the StormReady award is not presented very often.
“Even though there are over two thousand storm ready sites in the United States, this is only the seventh time that storm ready community hero awards have been presented,” added Harley.
18 tornadoes touched down on March second, 2012, killing 24 and injuring more than 200 across Kentucky. There were no fatalities in Magoffin County.