Gov. Bevin designates September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky to encourage disaster planning

In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Matt Bevin has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky. Kentucky Emergency Management urges Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN – MAKE A KIT.” Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property throughout the year; from tornadoes, flooding, straight line winds, lightning, winter storms, man-made hazards,...

State sending more help to hurricane relief efforts; guardsmen, emergency personnel on front lines

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky is sending more help to Florida to aid in Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Another 35 soldiers from the Kentucky Army National Guard’s 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade also departed for Jacksonville, Florida, Monday morning to assist in relief efforts from Hurricane Irma. 
They were expected to arrive in Jacksonville Tuesday, joining 20 others from the unit who...

Kentucky sending Ambulance Strike Team to Florida to provide emergency hurricane assistance

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is assisting in another emergency services team deployment through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (KBEMS) will deploy an Ambulance Strike Team to Florida Monday to provide emergency assistance with Hurricane Irma. The ambulance strike team, which consists of 30 members, six ambulances and a...

Kentucky Emergency Management sends incident team to South Carolina to assist with Hurricane Irma

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is sending an Incident Management Team (IMT) to South Carolina to provide assistance with the impending Hurricane Irma. KYEM staff and various emergency response teams left Friday and will be assisting with Points of Distribution (POD) and operational management and coordination efforts. The IMT consists of personnel from KYEM, Grant County EMA, Campbell County...

State officials gearing up for potential heavy rain, flooding due to remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Kentucky Emergency Management officials are gearing up for potential heavy rain and flooding due to the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy. The Emergency Operations Center in Frankfort has been activated, according to Emergency Management spokesperson Monica French. “We are at Level 4 staffing on a scale of 1-5,” she said. “Right now, we are monitoring...

Officials advise tourists coming to Kentucky for eclipse to prepare ahead; large crowds expected

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Up to a half million visitors are expected to converge on a largely rural expanse of western Kentucky for optimal viewing of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett said his office has been working with local officials in a 21-county area to prepare for the influx of people. “Before leaving home, plan a specific destination for...

Federal resources available after Bevin declares state of emergency in response to recent severe storms

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency, in response to the severe storms that battered Kentucky earlier this week. A powerful weather system with torrential rain, hail, flash flooding, straight-line winds, and tornadoes tracked across the Commonwealth on Tuesday (Feb. 28) and Wednesday (March 1), resulting in injuries and significant property and infrastructure damage. “Communities throughout...

Safety first the theme for Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky March 1-7

Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Fayette County and Lexington Emergency Management recognizes March 1-7, 2017 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.” Patricia Dugger, Lexington Emergency Management Director, said, “Weather is always a threat in Kentucky. Each year our citizens face the threat of severe weather from storms that create tornadoes...

State Emergency Management officials offer respiratory tips as wildfires continue to burn

As of Monday afternoon, there were 33 active wildfires being managed or monitored throughout Kentucky. Approximately 14,800 acres have burned through wildfires in the Commonwealth since Oct. 29. Fifty six counties have issued burn bans: Adair, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Boyd, Breathitt, Butler, Calloway, Carlisle, Carter, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Fleming, Floyd,...

Statewide tornado drill scheduled in conjunction with Severe Weather Awareness Week

Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Lexington Kentucky Emergency Management recognizes Feb 22 – 28, 2016 is “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.” “Severe weather is always a threat in Kentucky,” said Pat Dugger, Director of Lexington’s Division of Emergency Management. “Already in 2016, Kentuckians have experienced historic snow falls,...

Bevin declares statewide emergency to allow local officials access to state resources, assistance

In response to the winter storm affecting most of the Commonwealth, Gov. Matt Bevin declared a statewide emergency effective at 1:30 p.m. Friday to provide local officials immediate access to state resources for public safety and assistance. Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a statewide emergency as a result of Friday’s major snow storm “My primary concern is safety. By declaring a state emergency...

Kentucky Emergency Management preparing for ‘complex’ winter storm, offers resources

Kentucky Emergency Management is preparing for the significant weather system that will cross the state today through Thursday. The State Emergency Operations Center was opened Tuesday to a Level IV activation to provide enhanced monitoring and situational awareness to its state and county partners, in advance of this “complex storm system,” a press release stated.   The strong weather...

Flooding, snow and ice potential forces postponement of tornado drill till March 10

  Due to the potential for flooding and the outlook for another round of winter weather to affect Kentucky Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, the tornado drill scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, has been postponed and rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10.     March is “Severe Weather Awareness Month in Kentucky,” and as part of the state’s preparedness activities a statewide tornado...

President grants disaster declaration for four Eastern Kentucky counties damaged by floods

Federal assistance has been authorized for four Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of severe storms and flooding this summer. Gov. Steve Beshear was notified last night that President Barack Obama OK’d a disaster declaration for the area, making assistance possible.   Strong storms from Aug. 18-23 caused heavy rain and flash flooding, which washed out roads and...

State officials seek fed’s help after flooding causes severe damages in Eastern Kentucky

After a back-to-back wallop of severe thunderstorms in Eastern Kentucky last month, Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the damages are severe enough to warrant investigation by federal agencies to determine possible assistance to homeowners and businesses.   Gov. Steve Beshear directed KEM Director Mike Dossett to request evaluations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the...

With possible wind chills at 40 below, state officials urge Kentuckians to take precautions

(From National Weather Service)   A blast of Arctic air is plunging temperatures near to and below zero and wind chills as low as 40 below, causing a dangerous period of time for Kentuckians. As a result, state officials encourage everyone to be prepared. Cold weather safety tips to consider are:   * Health Risks – With these bitter temperatures, beware of hypothermia and frostbite.   *...

Drop, Cover and Hold On: Kentucky among 10 states participating in Great ShakeOut

  On Thursday, communities in Kentucky and nine other states will take part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut multistate earthquake drill. The ShakeOut is scheduled 10:17 a.m. local time Oct. 17. During the drill, millions of people simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking, and Drop, Cover and Hold On:   * DROP to the ground,   * Take COVER by getting...

Audit finds questionable spending, hostile environment at Ky. Emergency Management

Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen today released a special examination of the Kentucky Emergency Management, which found that employees were intimidated and threatened, documents were altered to hide disallowed expenditures, taxpayer dollars were used to pay for alcohol, entertainment and door prizes at conferences and procurement processes were ignored.   The audit report describes a hostile work...

‘Be Aware, Be Prepared, Have a Plan!’
A how-to for preparing for severe weather

  Staff report   Although state and local governments are prepared to help during times of severe weather and other emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home, says John W. Heltzel, director of Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.   “The severe weather and tornadoes that destroyed much of West Liberty, Ky., last March and other disasters have taught us...