Kentucky Emergency Management
KYEM MONITORING ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM HEADED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2015) – Kentucky Emergency Management is preparing for another significant weather system that will cross the Commonwealth today through Thursday. KYEM staff is closely monitoring the system and stands ready to assist as needed. The State Emergency Operations Center was opened Tuesday to a Level IV activation to provide enhanced monitoring and situational awareness to our state and county partners, in advance of this complex storm system.
The strong weather system is forecast to bring a combination of heavy rain, snow, sleet, and possible flooding over the next 72 hours. Michael Dossett, director of KYEM, reminds citizens “to be prepared and take precautions in planning now for this storm system. Monitor your local broadcast stations and radios for important weather information.”
Preparedness items include ensuring you have a family emergency plan and an emergency kit (72 hours) for your home and your vehicles. If you come across high water, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and report any downed power lines to your local electric company. And as always, if you must travel, use caution and drive slowly. Kentucky roadway status can be found by calling 511, 1-866-737-3767 or at www.511.ky.gov. Information on how to prepare a family emergency plan and kit can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov along with other winter safety tips.
The following is some information regarding carbon monoxide prevention poisoning:
· Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window.
· Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.
· Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented.
· Don’t heat your house with a gas oven.
· Seek prompt medical attention by calling 911 or the Kentucky Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, have a headache, chest pain or are feeling nauseous.
· To install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall for daylight savings time. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.
· The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has carbon monoxide materials available at:
· General CO poisoning prevention guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm.
Additional winter safety and flooding information is available at http://healthalerts.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx.