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Be prepared, not scared: September is National Preparedness Month for emergency planning

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is reminding the public that households, businesses and communities can increase their preparedness by following this year’s theme of Prepared, Not Scared. Be Ready for Disasters during September – National Preparedness Month (NPM). This nationwide effort is organized each year by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to encourage citizens to prepare...

Pew Trusts: Real ID causing real problems as states cope with changing rules and late rollouts

By Elaine S. Povich Pew Charitable Trusts In half a dozen states, including the most populous state of California, the Real ID rollout is a real mess. Technical glitches, delays and miscommunication are roiling the Real ID implementation in those states, calling into question whether residents will have the secure driver’s license needed to travel by air or enter government restricted areas after...

Extension allows continued use of current state driver’s licenses for air travel until October 2020

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has determined the Commonwealth is fully compliant with REAL ID Act regulations following the pilot launch of new driver’s licenses, permits and IDs in Franklin and Woodford counties. This designation serves as the state’s last necessary extension, and allows Kentuckians to use their current...

Worthington manufacturer DropBox Inc. receives DHS contact, to add additional jobs in Greenup Co.

Worthington-based shipping container modification and customization company DropBox Inc. received an approximately $2.15 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contract to build container-based scanning units to detect nuclear materials entering US ports, a project expected to create up to 30 full-time jobs at its facility in nearby Wurtland. DropBox recently received the contract through...

Federal extension allows continued use of current Kentucky driver’s licenses for air travel

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granted the Commonwealth a REAL ID extension to allow Kentuckians to use their current state driver’s license to board domestic flights and visit military bases. A Kentucky driver’s license, permit or identification card in the current and upcoming standard version will continue to be accepted by federal...

First 72 On You: Tips for animal owners to help prepare pets for emergencies and natural disasters

As part of the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s First 72 Are On You disaster awareness campaign, the department is spotlighting the importance of preparing household pets and animals for emergencies. “If you are like the many animal owners in Kentucky today, your pet is an important member of your household and the best way to protect your pet from the stress and disruption of an emergency...

U.S. Homeland Security Department grants state another waiver on compliance with Real ID Act

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky has received another waiver from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to allow the state more time to come into compliance with the federal Real ID Act. John-Mark Hack, commissioner of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s Department of Vehicle Registration, told lawmakers Thursday that the state has been granted another extension, this would good until Oct....