Kentucky Emergency Management
KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGENT ACTIVATES THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN ADVANCE OF SEVERE WEATHER APPROACHING THE COMMONWEALTH
KY (July 13, 2015) – Due to the risk of severe weather this afternoon and
evening, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will activate the State Emergency
Operations Center (SEOC) at Level IV today at noon. At this level additional KYEM personnel are
present providing additional situational awareness and available to offer
support to local emergency management officials if requested.
As this storm system
moves across the state this afternoon and evening, the most significant threat
will be high winds with speeds up to 70 mph (or higher), heavy rain and hail. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
"Everyone needs to
stay informed of local and state weather conditions and forecasts. Stay tuned
to your local broadcast media and weather alert radios,” said KYEM Director
Michael Dossett. “During this type of dangerous weather the best advice is to
avoid unnecessary travel and stay home or indoors.”
With the ground already
saturated, additional rain coupled with high winds may lead to trees being
uprooted causing downed power lines and outages. Heavy rain will likely cause flash flooding
in some areas, as well.
At the SEOC, KYEM
personnel, National Weather Service officials and emergency service providers
continue to monitor the severe weather conditions that threaten the Commonwealth.
“Due to the nature of today’s forecast,
citizens should be prepared for power outages,” Dossett added. ”Take time
before storms arrive to check batteries in flashlights and radios. Review your
personal emergency plan. Should you encounter storm damage and need assistance,
please call 911 or your local emergency management office.”
A contact list for all county emergency
management offices in Kentucky or other links and helpful resources can be
found at: http://kyem.ky.gov/teams/Pages/countydirectors.aspx
BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN!
you must travel and do encounter water over a roadway: “STOP! TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!”
for downed trees and power lines. DO NOT APPROACH downed power lines,
call and report them to your local emergency management director or utility
a tornado warning is issued, please take immediate action and seek shelter
indoors in a designated “safe room” or in an interior hallway, closet or under
current road and travel conditions visit www.511.ky.gov or call 511.
more weather information, weather safety tips and related links, please visit
the Kentucky Emergency Management website at
http://kyem.ky.gov/SW/Pages/default.aspx and the National Weather
Service website at www.weather.gov.