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.
- 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.