Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher Presents $323,772 in Homeland Security Preparedness Funding to the Buffalo Trace Area Development District

Press Release Date:  Friday, August 19, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Funding will improve 911 for the five-county area

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Last night in Robertson County, Governor Ernie Fletcher announced that the Buffalo Trace Area Development District has been awarded $323,772 in preparedness funding from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to enhance the five-county district’s 911 emergency services capabilities. 

Specifically, the award will implement Enhanced 911 service for Lewis and Robertson Counties, the two counties remaining in the district without Enhanced 911.  The Buffalo Trace Area Development District consists of a five-county area in Northeast Kentucky.

The technology will allow 911 emergency services to get information about a caller quicker, give them a more precise location of the emergency, and allow information to transfer from county to county more efficiently.

“Communication during any emergency is critical, and the ability of a first responder to gather information instantly often means the difference between life and death,” said Gov. Ernie Fletcher. 

“As a law enforcement officer, I can attest to the necessity of Enhanced 911.  This equipment will help make these communities safer and more secure by enabling 911 personnel and first responders in this area to be better prepared,” stated Major Alecia Webb-Edgington, interim director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.

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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit www.homelandsecurity.ky.gov.