Emergency officials getting prepared for winter storm


FRANKFORT, Ky.  (KT) -  Kentucky Emergency Management officials have activated its Emergency Operations Center, located at the Boone National Guard Center, due to the winter storm affecting Kentucky, with deteriorating conditions expected throughout the day.


Monica French, Emergency Management spokeswoman, says the EOC activated at midnight at a level 4 staffing, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system.  Additional state and private sector partners will be present during the continuing activation as needed.

Michael E. Dossett, director of KYEM, said: “Our primary mission is to support our counties, their responders and the citizens of the commonwealth.  By being proactive and activating our State Emergency Operations Center, it allows us to quickly and efficiently respond their needs.” 

As road conditions will continue to deteriorate, officials say Kentuckians should stay off roadways unless necessary.  Black ice and icing on overpasses will occur, causing hazardous driving conditions.  Reduce your speed, give yourself extra time and check road conditions before you leave, and for your destination at snow.ky.gov.

Icing is also in the forecast with this storm, which could cause minor power outages.  If you lose power, have an alternate source ready.  However, be aware of the dangers of alternate heat sources and carbon monoxide poisoning. 

Dossett also had these words of advice: “Please give all emergency vehicles a wide birth, as they will be out in force during this storm event.”

The National Weather Service is forecasting 2-6 inches of snow, sleet and ice accumulating across Kentucky, through Sunday evening.


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