Kentucky Division of Emergency Management - All Headlines

Below is a list of all current press releases.  To view the full text, click on the press release title.

  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGENT ACTIVATES THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER IN ADVANCE OF SEVERE WEATHER APPROACHING THE COMMONWEALTH
    Monday, July 13, 2015
    FRANKFORT, 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.
  • Kentucky Storm Survivors Have One Week Left to Register With FEMA
    Wednesday, June 24, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky storm survivors have until June 30, 2015, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.
  • Two Kentucky Counties Designated for Public Assistance
    Tuesday, June 02, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration for severe winter storms in February in order to make Ballard and Wayne counties eligible for its Public Assistance program.
  • Eight More Kentucky Counties Designated for Public Assistance
    Monday, May 25, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has amended a recent disaster declaration in order to make eight more counties eligible for storm recovery assistance.
  • Disaster Recovery Center To Open In Bourbon County
    Thursday, May 14, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon Friday, May 15, in Bourbon County.
  • Governor Announces Presidential Disaster Declaration for March Winter Storm
    Wednesday, May 13, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2015) - Governor Steve Beshear was notified late today that President Barack Obama has authorized federal assistance for Kentucky in designated counties that suffered significant damage during the March 3 severe winter storm, which included historic snowfall, flooding, landslides and mudslides.
  • Disaster Recovery Center to Open in Rowan County to Help Kentucky Storm Survivors
    Tuesday, May 12, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – A disaster recovery center operated by the commonwealth of Kentucky and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will open at noon today, May 12, in Rowan County.
  • KENTUCKY SURVIVORS OF APRIL STORMS CAN REGISTER FOR DISASTER AID
    Tuesday, May 05, 2015
    FRANKFORT, KY – Residents of 10 Kentucky counties who suffered damage from the severe storms, tornadoes, flooding, landslides and mudslides of April 2-17, 2015 may be eligible for federal disaster assistance.
  • President Declares Major Disaster for April Flooding
    Saturday, May 02, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 2, 2015) - For the second time in a week, Kentucky has received approval for a presidential disaster declaration. Governor Steve Beshear was notified late Friday that President Barack Obama has authorized federal assistance for Kentucky and its citizens in designated counties that suffered significant damage during the April flooding event.
  • President Grants Disaster Declaration Requested by Governor Beshear
    Saturday, May 02, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 1, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear was notified late Thursday that President Barack Obama has authorized assistance for certain Kentucky counties that suffered significant damage as a result of the February severe winter storm event.
  • Cave Run Lake exceeds record pool although spillway event not expected based on anticipated rain; Corps begins slow drawdown process
    Tuesday, April 21, 2015
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville, continues to monitor the Cave Run Reservoir near Morehead, Kentucky which crested at 761.12 feet April 20 at 4:45 p.m. -less than four feet from the spillway. The corps does not expect the lake to reach the spillway as the reservoir continues to function properly.
  • Gov. Beshear Declares Statewide Emergency After Heavy Rains, Flooding
    Monday, April 06, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 4, 2015) – In response to heavy rains and flash flooding in many counties across the Commonwealth, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency effective April 3 to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.
  • OVERNIGHT RAINS CAUSING FLOODING ISSUES IN CENTRAL KENTUCKY
    Saturday, April 04, 2015
    FRANKFORT, KY. (April 3, 2015) - Flood warnings and watches remain in effect for parts of Kentucky as heavy rains that fell across much of the state overnight resulted in numerous stranded motorists rescues and residential evacuations.
  • FLOOD WARNINGS IN EFFECT AS OFFICIALS TRACK POTENTIAL RAIN
    Friday, March 13, 2015
    FRANKFORT, KY. (March 12, 2015) - Flood warnings remain in effect for parts of Kentucky. State and local officials have participated in recent conference calls with the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and continue to monitor weather forecasts which predict more rain on an already saturated Kentucky.
  • KYEM MONITORING ANOTHER STORM SYSTEM HEADED FOR THE COMMONWEALTH
    Wednesday, March 04, 2015
    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.
  • GOV. BESHEAR SIGNS SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS PROCLAMATION
    Thursday, February 26, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 26, 2015) – Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed March as “Severe Weather Awareness Month in Kentucky.”
  • Kentucky Braces for Extreme Cold
    Thursday, February 19, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 18, 2015) - as Kentucky is bracing for extremely cold temperatures, emergency managers warn residents to take precautions to protect themselves.
  • State Emergency Operations Center Remains Activated
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 17, 2015) - The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains activated as another winter weather system is expected to bring additional snow to the Commonwealth. National Weather Service offices in Kentucky have issued Winter Weather Advisories for snow in effect for 5:00 p.m. EST Tuesday to 7:00 p.m. EST Wednesday. The advisories call for an additional one to three inches of new snow and snow squalls with wind gusts up to 45 mph. Bitter Arctic air is also in the forecast and temperatures are expected to dip well below zero Wednesday and Thursday nights. Complete weather forecasts by region can be found at www.weather.gov.
  • KYEM TESTS ALERT NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
    Tuesday, December 09, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 9, 2014) – Earlier this afternoon, while participating in a national test of Kentucky’s Emergency Alert Notification System, an inadvertent message was sent to mobile devices in the Laurel County area with the text: “Civil Emergency in this area until 11:50 a.m. MST. Prepare for action.”
  • The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Safety Drill Is One Day Away
    Thursday, October 16, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) - The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Safety Drill is now one day away! Scheduled for tomorrow at 10:16 a.m. Central time, the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut is an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR PROCLAIMS OCT 13 - 19, 2014 EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS WEEK IN KENTUCKY
    Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 1, 2014) - Gov. Steve Beshear has announced the signing of an executive proclamation declaring Oct. 13 - 19, 2014, as Earthquake Awareness Week in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Emergency Managment Announces $1.2 Million Grant for Pike County Mountain Water District
    Friday, September 26, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 25, 2014) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) today announced that the Pike County Mountain Water District will receive a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant totaling nearly $1.2 million.
  • KNIGHTEN NAMED ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF KENTUCKY EMERGENCY
    Friday, September 19, 2014
    Frankfort, Ky. (Sept. 19, 2014) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) Director Michael E. Dossett has announced the appointment of Richard “Rich” Knighten to the position of assistant director of operations for KYEM.
  • KYEM's GENI JO BRAWNER NAMED MITIGATION MANAGER OF 2014
    Friday, September 19, 2014
    FRANKFORT. Ky. (Sept. 18, 2014) - Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael E. Dossett was pleased to offer congratulations to Geni Jo Brawner, who received the 2014 Mitigation Manager of the Year Award at the Kentucky Association of Mitigation Managers (KAMM) Conference, held last week at Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Ms. Brawner accepted the award during a standing ovation from friends and colleagues.
  • EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PARTICIPATING IN CHEMICAL STOCKPILE EMERGENY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM EXERCISE
    Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 16, 2014) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and State Cabinet personnel will gather Wednesday, Sept. 17, in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at Boone National Guard Center, Frankfort, to participate in the annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) exercise. The annual exercise typically simulates an event involving chemical agents at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond.
  • Emergency Management Seeks Federal Help for Flooded Counties
    Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 8, 2014) – After a back-to-back wallop of severe thunderstorms in eastern Kentucky last month, Kentucky Emergency Management officials said the damages are severe enough to warrant investigation by federal agencies to determine possible assistance to homeowners and businesses.
  • Governor Proclaims September Preparedness Month
    Wednesday, September 03, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Sept. 3, 2014 - In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentuck
  • KENTUCKY HIT BY OVERNIGHT STORMS
    Saturday, August 23, 2014
    FRANKFORT, KY. (Aug 23, 2014) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) received reports of numerous evacuations and damage caused by overnight flooding in Eastern Kentucky.
  • KENTUCKY PARTICIPATES IN REGIONAL EARTHQUAKE EXERCISE
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 18, 2014) On Monday, June 16, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and its partners kicked off a weeklong earthquake exercise, CAPSTONE-14, designed to strengthen partnerships between local, state and federal governments and the private sector.
  • KENTUCKY HIT BY OVERNIGHT STORMS
    Thursday, June 05, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 5, 2014) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has received reports of scattered damage from overnight storms. No injuries, deaths or requests for assistance were reported.
  • MICHAEL DOSSETT APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
    Friday, May 30, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 30, 2014) - Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Michael Dossett as Director of Kentucky Emergency Management, effective June 1, 2014.