During the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 1, 2017, Kenton County Emergency Communications Center (KCECC) experienced an operational failure that resulted in the County’s Storm Warning Sirens not being activated during a tornado warning.  Steve Hensley, Director of Kenton County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, is leading the investigation into this incident.  A full report will be made to the Kenton County Fiscal Court and public once all facts have been ascertained and reviewed.

Please remember that storm warning sirens are intended and designed only to warn those that are outdoors. Means of notification specifically designed for those indoors include:


  • A weather alert radio to keep in your household. These are available at most retail locations for approximately $40.
  • Weather alert apps for your phone such as:
    • NOAA Radar Pro- Weather Alerts & Forecast
    • WCPO Channel 9- WCPO 9 On Your Side in Cincinnati
    • WKRC Channel 12- WKRC WX
    • WLWT Channel 5- WLWT News 5- Cincinnati, Ohio news and weather


In addition to these resources, Kenton County will be implementing CodeRED®, a system capable of providing alerts to both your land line phone, computer, and cellular device. Registration for this system will be available next month.