Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher declares state of emergency in Kentucky

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, August 30, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker

Order calls for execution of Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher signed an executive order today declaring a state of emergency in Kentucky. The order comes as the remnants of Hurricane Katrina make their way across the state. 

“Hurricane Katrina threatens the Commonwealth of Kentucky statewide with extreme weather, which will pose an immediate danger to lives and property statewide,” the order states. 

The order calls for the Division of Emergency Management within the Department of Military Affairs to execute the Kentucky Emergency Operations Plan. Personnel from the Kentucky Emergency Operations Center will coordinate the response and relief of activities of all state agencies and private relief organizations in response to the emergency. 

In addition, the order authorizes Adjutant General Donald C. Storm to issue active duty orders for the mobilization of National Guard personnel and equipment as needed to protect lives and safety, to continue essential public services, and to prevent undue loss and suffering. 

Under the order, the Division of Emergency Management will also consult with the American National Red Cross and local officials to determine the need for emergency shelters for displaced families, and will coordinate with local school boards and other organizations to determine the availability of schools and other facilities to be used as emergency shelters. 

The order is effective immediately.