Kentucky's Emergency Operations Center is activated as winter storm approaches

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 4, 2014) - Kentucky Emergency Management has activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center to Level II.

Weather forecasts for much of the Commonwealth have prompted Kentucky’s emergency management officials to hold several conference calls with the National Weather Service and statewide emergency officials in preparation for another winter storm system approaching the state with a hazardous mix of precipitation in the forecast.

At CEOC Level II, KYEM and Kentucky National Guard personnel staff the CEOC, increasing communications and situational awareness among partners across the state.

KYEM began communications with statewide emergency partners yesterday in advance of the approaching weather system, coordinating preparations and systems and equipment tests. This weather system is expected to bring a wintry mix of snow, freezing rain and heavy rains in southern Kentucky.

The icing that will occur that will make for extremely hazardous travel and the possibility of intermittent power outages. KYEM officials and partners encourage everyone to review winter weather safety tips and heed all warnings.

During extreme weather, the best advice is to stay home, but if you must travel, take your emergency kit along (to include blankets), allow extra time, take it slow and allow plenty of space between vehicles. Do not approach down power lines; report any to your local utility provider or 911. Do not attempt to dross flooded roadways, STOP-TURN AROUND-DON’T DROWN!
Road conditions throughout the state can be found on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s website at www.511.ky.gov, by calling 511 in Kentucky or 1-866-737-3767 for out-of-state callers.

Kentucky Emergency Management recommends all Kentuckians know the risks and review winter emergency plans. Check batteries in flashlights, radios and other devices. If you have a generator, make sure it is working properly and you are familiar with using it safely.


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