Good Question: What is a state of emergency?

On Saturday the National Weather Service says between 3-7 inches of rain fell in a matter of 4-5 hours.

What all that rain left behind was the devastation we've been showing you, it also forced the Governor to take action.

Good Question: What is a state of emergency?

The images from the ground and air paint a dire situation for folks in the central part of Pike County.

Hundreds are without power, some with no water-others no place to even go home to.

All the devastation prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency, but what is it?

"Its a tool that we use to make things work a little more quickly and a little more smoother when we're having a unique situation," says Pat Dugger, the Fayette Co. Emergency Management Director.

Dugger says a state of emergency gives local government the ability to request state assistance.

"It basically gives the local government the ability to do such things like evacuation, clear the roads, to request for state assistance to change purchasing purchases."

As for how bad the damage has to be, it depends, but basically she says when a county has exhausted all their resources, that's when outside help can come in the form of declaring an emergency.

"You have to have a local declaration of emergency to even be able to start looking at relief money. It goes from the locals, the state would have to declare, then that's when you can ask for federal assistance."

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