WIND - the movement of air from areas of higher pressure to areas of lower pressure. The greater the difference in pressure the stronger the winds. Wind direction is defined by the direction it is coming from.
HIGH WIND WATCH - issued by your local NWS Forecast Office when sustained wind speeds of 40 mph or greater lasting for one hour or longer or for winds of 58 mph or greater for any duration or widespread damage are possible.
HIGH WIND WARNING - issued by your local NWS Forecast Office when sustained wind speeds of 40 mph or greater lasting for one hour or longer or for winds of 58 mph or greater for any duration or widespread damage are expected.
WIND ADVISORY - issued by your local NWS Forecast Office when sustained wind speeds of 31 to 39 mph lasting for one hour or longer or for winds of 46 to 57 mph for any duration are expected.
CodeRed Community Notification
Frequently Asked Questions
What Types of Alerts Can I Receive?
Emergency-to be used in the event there is an immediate danger to life or health.
General-to be used for information of developing issues, public announcements-i.e. mosquito fogging, chemical release-not posing an immediate threat, boil water advisories, etc.
Weather-the following Warnings are sent by the National Weather Service.
- Severe Thunderstorm
- Flash Flood
What Do I Need to Do?
- If you have a listed number then you should already be in the system for EMERGENCY calls only.
- If you wish to receive General and/or Weather notifications you must register.
- If you only use a cell phone you must register to receive any notification.
- If you recently moved or changed your phone number, you must register.
How Do I Register?
- Go to www.louisvilleky.gov
- Follow the on-screen links and input your information
- If you need assistance contact MetroCall 311
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Preparing for a Disaster
An emergency can strike anywhere, at any time. Are you prepared for disaster? Check out our Preparing for Disaster section to the left for tips to prepare for events such as extreme heat, extreme cold, floods, tornado warnings, and earthquakes.
SEVERE WEATHER SAFETY INFORMATION
With unpredictable severe weather conditions always in the forecast, please use caution when encountering downed power lines.
Use these tips when Planning for Disaster.
A Watch means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident may occur in your area. Monitor weather conditions / hazardous incident closely.
A Warning means inclement weather conditions / hazardous incident is occurring or is imminent. Seek shelter immediately!
Learn how to protect yourself during various disasters. Click here.
All of Louisville's 9-1-1 call takers, dispatchers, and emergency management staff are operating out of one state-of-the-art facility: the MetroSafe building is located at 5th and Liberty Streets in downtown Louisville. ( Map it ). Read more about the facility.
Louisville Emergency Management Agency
The Louisville Metro Emergency Management Agency (EMA) is responsible for preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery from natural and manmade disasters through advance coordination with local, state and federal agencies. For more information regarding Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Emergency Management Agency, visit their website.