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Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles proclaims Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed the week of Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farm workers to put safety first at all times. “Farmers face all sorts of risks in the course of their work – machinery accidents, chemical exposure, unruly livestock, grain bin entrapment, severe weather, and many others,” Quarles said. “In Kentucky,...

City encouraging residents to “Be Ready, Lexington” during Severe Weather Preparedness Month

Lexington Emergency Management encourages residents to “Be Ready, Lexington” during March, Severe Weather Preparedness Month in Fayette County. “We’re just finishing the bitter cold and snowy winter weather season. It’s important to remember that it’s not over yet,” said Pat Dugger, Director of Lexington Emergency Management. “March can be an especially challenging month with just about...

T.G. Shuck: Whew! We dodged a big one this time; it should be quiet through midweek

  We definitely need to be counting our blessings after seeing all the devastation across parts of Illinois, Indiana and far Western Kentucky. When the site surveys are over, I’m sure we’ll see several of these tornadoes classified in the EF-3 to EF-4 range given what was floating around on social media prior to sunset on Sunday. See for yourself!   Washington, Ill.   Washington,...

‘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...

Kentuckians urged to remember lives lost
during last year’s devastating tornadoes

Gov. Steve Beshear urged Kentuckians to take time on Saturday to reflect on the lives lost and devastation caused by tornadoes that ravaged many Kentucky communities a year ago.   “I will never forget seeing those shattered buildings, the decimated town squares, and the collapsed homes that showed the power of those terrible storms,” said. Beshear. “The damages were so great that rebuilding...

A year after deadly storms, citizens reminded that severe weather remains ‘biggest threat’

  Staff report   It has been one year this week since strong storms and tornadoes ravaged the Commonwealth, leaving 25 dead, hundreds homeless and thousands of homes damaged. In an effort to raise awareness and preparation for severe weather, which the Kentucky Department of Emergency Management calls the biggest and most common threat Kentuckians face on a daily basis, Gov. Steve Beshear...