Kentucky Division of Emergency Management - Archived Headlines

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  • KENTUCKY’S ENHANCED MITIGATION STATUS FROM FEMA MEANS MORE MONEY FOR MITIGATION PROJECTS
    Friday, May 16, 2014
    FRANKFORT, KY. (MAY 13, 2014) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of approval of Kentucky’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and the designation of an “enhanced” status for the state Hazard Mitigation Program. The plan is a long-term strategy to reduce the Commonwealth’s vulnerability to natural and manmade disasters.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR DESIGNATES NEW STATE HAZARD MITIGATION OFFICER
    Tuesday, May 13, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 12, 2014) – On May 5, Governor Beshear designated Geni Jo Brawner as Kentucky's state hazard mitigation officer. In this capacity Brawner is responsible for managing Kentucky's mitigation programs, coordinating the efforts of the Kentucky Mitigation Advisory Council, and serving as Kentucky Emergency Management's liaison with the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV mitigation staff.
  • KY. EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT MONITORING POSSIBLE SEVERE WEATHER, DAMAGE FROM RECENT STORMS
    Tuesday, April 29, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 29, 2014) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has received reports of scattered storm damage from yesterday's storms, while neighboring states are reporting vast destruction and loss of lives.
  • STATEWIDE TORNADO SAFETY DRILL RESCHEDULED
    Monday, March 03, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2014) – The Statewide Tornado Safety Drill, which had been planned for tomorrow, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 5 at 10:07 a.m. EST.
  • COMMONWEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER WILL ACTIVATE TO MONITOR WINTER STORM
    Sunday, March 02, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 2, 2014) – The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) activated today at 3 pm at Level III to monitor the winter storm crossing the Commonwealth today through tomorrow afternoon. Level III staffing includes state and private sector partners and other officials.
  • KENTUCKY OFFICIALS TEAM UP FOR SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK
    Wednesday, February 26, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee and the National Weather Service are teaming up to promote Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky, March 2-8. Severe Weather Preparedness Week encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to know about severe weather risks and take action to prepare for them.
  • KYEM AND KET TO HOST VIEWER CALL IN SHOW ON SEVERE WEATHER
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) – On Monday, Feb 17 at 10:00p.m Eastern , Kentucky Emergency Management, the National Weather Service and the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee will team up with Kentucky Educational Television to host the KET Show, Severe Weather – Staying Safe!
  • OFFICIALS BRACE FOR POTENTIAL HAZARDOUS WINTER WEATHER
    Tuesday, February 04, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 4, 2014) – Kentucky Emergency Management has activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to Level II.
  • OFFICIALS BRACE FOR SNOW AND BITTER COLD
    Friday, January 03, 2014
    FRANKFORT, Ky.: (Jan. 4, 2014) - Weather forecasts for much of the Commonwealth have prompted Kentucky's emergency management officials to hold several conference calls with the National Weather Service (NWS) in preparation for another winter storm system approaching the state with bitter cold in the forecast.
  • OFFICIALS RECOVER FIVE DROWING VICTIMS IN THREE SEPARATE ACCIDENTS
    Sunday, December 22, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky (Dec 22, 2013) - Emergency Officials in Ballard, Carroll and Nelson Counties have notified Kentucky Emergency management (KYEM) of the recovery of five drowning victims in three separate accidents involving flood waters this morning.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management upgrades activation to Level II at the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center in anticipation of deteriorating conditions
    Friday, December 06, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec 6, 2013) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has upgraded the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) activation to Level II, effective at 2 pm, in anticipation of possible deteriorating conditions due to the winter storm crossing the Commonwealth.
  • OFFICIALS BRACE FOR WINTER STORM, ENCOURAGE KENTUCKIANS TO BE PREPARED
    Wednesday, December 04, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky.: (Dec. 4, 2013) - Forecasts for winter storms for much of Kentucky over the next several days have prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) offices serving Kentucky to issue a Winter Storm Watch for most of the state.
  • Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Is Next Week
    Monday, October 14, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. - (Oct. 11, 2013) Next Thursday, communities in 10 states will take part in the fourth Great Central U.S. ShakeOut multi-state earthquake drill. The ShakeOut is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. local time. During the drill, millions of people simultaneously practice the recommended response to earthquake shaking, and Drop, Cover, and Hold On:
  • EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PARTICIPATING IN CHEMICAL STOCKPILE EMERGENY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM EXERCISE
    Thursday, September 19, 2013
    FRANKFORT, KY. (Sept 18, 2013) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and State Cabinet personnel will gather today in the new Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located at Boone Center Frankfort, KY, to participate in the annual Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) exercise. The annual exercise typically simulates an accident involving chemical agents at the Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, KY.
  • Conditions Improving Statewide
    Sunday, July 07, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 7, 2013) - Weather conditions are improving across the Commonwealth as heavy rains have slowed, allowing creeks and streams to recede within their banks, according to officials with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM).
  • Storm Damage Reported in Logan County
    Tuesday, June 11, 2013
    FRANKFORT, KY. (June 10, 2013) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has received reports of storm damage from Logan County along Highway 633 approximately two miles east of US Highway 431.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Names Assistant Director of Administration
    Friday, June 07, 2013
    Frankfort, KY - June 7, 2013 - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) Director John Heltzel has announced the appointment of Stephanie Robey to the position of assistant director of administration for KYEM.
  • KYEM OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE COORDINATED DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEER EFFORTS TO MOORE, OKLAHOMA
    Thursday, May 23, 2013
    FRANKFORT, KY. (May 23, 2013) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) officials are learning that officials in Moore, OK are becoming overwhelmed with unneeded donations and self deployed volunteers.
  • Flooding Occurring in Eastern Kentucky
    Wednesday, April 17, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 17, 2013) – Kentucky Emergency Management is closely monitoring flooding in several eastern Kentucky counties as a result of heavy rains that moved across the state last night. Strong thunderstorms capable of producing strong winds and heavy rains are forecast for much of the Commonwealth over the next few days.
  • BE A FORCE OF NATURE: JOIN FEMA, KYEM DURING NATIONAL SEVERE WEATHER PREPAREDNESS WEEK
    Tuesday, March 05, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 5, 2013) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are teaming up to promote National Severe Weather Preparedness Week March 3-9. Sponsored by FEMA and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Severe Weather Preparedness Week encourages individuals, families, businesses and communities to know about severe weather risks, take action to prepare for them, and “Be a Force of Nature” by encouraging others to get prepared.
  • 2013 TORNADO SAFETY DRILL IS TOMORROW
    Monday, March 04, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 4, 2013) - The Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee, working with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service Office, will conduct a statewide tornado safety drill March 5 at approximately 10:07 a.m. EST. The drill will be triggered by the National Weather Service offices within Kentucky, using a code that will activate weather alert radios, outdoor warning sirens and various media broadcast warning messages.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Conducts Statewide Severe Weather Exercise
    Saturday, March 02, 2013
    FRANKFORT, KY. (Feb. 28, 2013) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) hosted a Severe Weather Tabletop Exercise this week at the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC), located in Frankfort at Kentucky National Guard Boone Center. Other partners participated in various locations at the statewide and local levels.
  • KYEM AND KET HOST VIEWER CALL IN SHOW ON SEVERE WEATHER
    Saturday, March 02, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2013) – Earlier this week, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) teamed up with Kentucky Educational Television to host the KET Show, Severe Weather – Staying Safe! The show was part of the state’s efforts to highlight March as Severe Weather Awareness Month in Kentucky.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Director Named to National Committee
    Thursday, February 28, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 28, 2013) – Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel was recently named to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), which is comprised of 40 representatives of public safety organizations across the nation.
  • Gov. Beshear Declares March Severe Weather Awareness Month
    Thursday, February 21, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 21, 2013) – Severe weather remains the biggest and most common threat Kentuckians face on a daily basis, according to the Kentucky Department of Emergency Management. Last year’s strong storms and tornadoes that ravaged the Commonwealth Feb. 29 and March 2 are a reminder of how severe weather can impact Kentucky. Those storms left 25 dead, hundreds homeless and thousands of homes damaged.
  • The Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Safety Drill is 1 Day Away
    Wednesday, February 06, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 6, 2013) - Thursday, Feb. 7, at 11:15 a.m. Eastern time, as part of Earthquake Awareness Month in Kentucky, everyone is encouraged to participate in the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" Earthquake Safety Drill as part of the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut, and register participation at: http://www.shakeout.org/centralus/register/ .
  • SCATTERED DAMAGE REPORTED AFTER OVERNIGHT STORMS
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013
    FRANKFORT, KY. (Jan. 30, 2013) - No confirmed tornadoes or widespread damage has been reported to Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) after last night's storms moved through the Commonwealth. Local officials have submitted reports of scattered damages, mostly due to high winds. Most reports are in western Kentucky.
  • OFFICIALS BRACE FOR POSSIBLE STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS
    Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    FRANKFORT, KY. (Jan. 29, 2013) - State and local officials continue tracking a strong storm system as it approaches the Commonwealth. Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is working with the National Weather Service to discuss the threat and capability of this severe weather system.
  • MIXED BAG OF WINTER WEATHER HEADED TO KENTUCKY
    Tuesday, January 15, 2013
    FRANKFORT, KY. - (Jan 15, 2013) - State and local officials are preparing to respond as a winter storm approaches the Commonwealth.
  • Storm Damage Reported In Western Kentucky
    Saturday, January 12, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan 12, 2013) - Officials in Western Kentucky have reported damage to two churches, a grain silo and other structures as strong winds and a possible tornado hit earlier this afternoon.
  • Great Central U.S. 'ShakeOut' is Just a Month Away
    Tuesday, January 08, 2013
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan 8, 2013) - In just one month, hundreds of communities throughout a nine state region will participate in a region wide earthquake drill during the third annual “Great Central U.S. ShakeOut.” At 10:15 a.m. (Central Time) on Feb 7, 2013, millions of people will practice the recommended safety action in the event of an earthquake, “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” During an earthquake, individuals are advised to:
  • 2012 GOVERNOR’S EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP – ‘SYSTEMS AND SOLUTIONS’
    Thursday, December 20, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 20, 2012) - The 2012 Governor’s Emergency Management Workshop was held Dec. 14–16, at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in historic downtown Louisville. The theme for this year’s workshop was “Systems and Solutions.”
  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INTRODUCES NEW MITIGATION EFFORT
    Monday, November 26, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 26, 2012) - Today Kentucky Emergency Management announced the new Commonwealth Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS) to assist local and state hazard mitigation efforts.
  • OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO MONITOR SUPERSTORM
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct 30, 2012) - The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) remains activated in response to Hurricane Sandy, which devastated regions of the East Coast of the United States yesterday.
  • OFFICIALS PREPARE AS HISTORIC STORM APPROACHES
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012
    FRANKFORT, KY. (Oct 29, 2012) - State and local officials continue preparations as two major storm systems bear down on the eastern United States. A strong cold front is pushing down from Canada forcing Hurricane Sandy to turn inland along the eastern seaboard causing a major weather event, which could impact one third of the nation and may cause winter storm conditions in the higher elevations of eastern Kentucky.
  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES REGIONAL RESPONSE MANAGERS
    Wednesday, October 10, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (OCT 10, 2012) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) Director John Heltzel recently announced the selection of three new KYEM Regional Response Managers (RRM).
  • Officials Continue to Track Tropical Storm Issac
    Thursday, August 30, 2012
    FRANKFORT, KY. (August 29, 2012) - State and local officials continue tracking Tropical Storm Isaac as it moves up the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has issued warning orders to alert KYEM and partnering Kentucky Cabinets personnel of the possibility of severe weather from this storm system that may impact the Commonwealth over the Labor Day Weekend.
  • Governor Proclaims September Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month
    Tuesday, August 28, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. – August 28, 2012 – In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Commonwealth of Kentucky Preparedness Month.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management (Kyem) Announces New Region Five Response Manager
    Thursday, August 02, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AUGUST 1, 2012) - Kentucky Emergency Management Director John Heltzel announced the transfer of Vicki Martin as Regional Response Manager (RRM) for KYEM Region Five. Effective Aug. 1, Martin, will take over as the RRM for KYEM Region Five, which includes Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Henry, Marion, Mercer, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble and Washington counties.
  • Clean Up Begins After Strong Storms, Heavy Rains Force Evacuations
    Friday, July 20, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 19, 2012) - Late last night, Knott County residents in the community of Red Fox were allowed to return to their homes below a pay lake after the lake's dam was deemed safe and conditions stabilized.
  • Kentucky's Private Sector Working Group Embraces 'Getting Business Back In Business'
    Wednesday, July 18, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 17, 2012) - Embracing the "Getting Business Back in Business" concept, Kentucky's Private Sector Working Group (PSWG) concluded a two-day workshop recently held in Somerset, July 9-10.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Encourages Local Officials to Plan for Drought, Possible Water Conservation
    Tuesday, July 03, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (July 3, 2012) – As drought tightens its grip on the Commonwealth, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) encourages local officials to make plans for continued dry, hot weather and possible water conservation efforts. Ninety Kentucky counties are currently classified as experiencing moderate to severe drought.
  • Officials Urge Caution As Temperatures Approach Dangerous Levels
    Thursday, June 28, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 26, 2012) – Local emergency services officials and Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) officials urge caution as the National Weather Service Offices covering Kentucky forecast temperatures to approach 100 degrees or more in some areas of the Commonwealth this week.
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Announces Hazard Mitigation Award
    Monday, April 09, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 9, 2012) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of its approval of a mitigation project grant for the city of Cumberland, in Harlan County, Kentucky. The mitigation grant, in the amount of $2,944,444, will be administered by the Kentucky Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation Program. FEMA will provide 90 percent or $2.6 million of the project funding; the Kentucky Department for Local Government will provide 9 percent or $264,960 and Harlan County Fiscal Court will provide 1 percent or $30,000.00.
  • SPECIALIZED SEARCH & RESCUE TRAINING IN OWENSBORO KY
    Friday, March 09, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 8, 2012) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) is hosting the upcoming District Search and Rescue School scheduled for March 10-11, 2012 at Daymar College, 3361 Buckland Square, Owensboro KY. The weekend’s training activities will also be hosted in part by Daviess County Emergency Management.
  • Emergency Officials Urge Caution When Using Chainsaws
    Wednesday, March 07, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 6, 2012) – State and local officials are urging citizens to be extremely cautious if using chainsaws and other power tools when removing storm debris from their property and along with the Kentucky Division of Forestry offer these safety tips:
  • State Health Department Issues Health, Safety Guidelines for Post Storm Clean-Up
    Wednesday, March 07, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Mar. 7, 2012) – State officials and the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding Kentuckians about guidelines for safety during post storm clean-up regarding tetanus, mold cleanup and food safety. The guidelines come after Friday’s severe storms and tornadoes that caused widespread damage, injuries and loss of life.
  • ACCESS TO WEST LIBERTY RESTORED FOR RESIDENTS ONLY
    Tuesday, March 06, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 6, 2012) West Liberty emergency management officials have opened access to the town for residents and media ONLY, at this time, following Friday's deadly tornadoes. Roads into town had been closed in order to conduct full search and rescue missions as well as to clear debris so traffic and residents may travel safely. Residents will be required to pass a safety check point for clearance before proceeding.
  • SAFETY MESSAGE FROM KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
    Saturday, March 03, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2012) – In response to an outbreak of intense storms throughout Friday, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) urges Kentuckians to be responsible and safe as clean up and damage assessments begin.
  • COMMONWEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER ACTIVATED TO LEVEL II
    Friday, March 02, 2012
    FRANKFORT, KY. (March 2, 2012) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will activate the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to Level II in response to a severe weather system expected to move into the central regions of the Commonwealth today. At Level II, the CEOC is staffed with additional KYEM support staff and personnel from the National Weather Service (NWS). The CEOC tracks and maintains situational awareness and response to requests for assistance.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR DECLARES MARCH SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS MONTH
    Friday, March 02, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 1, 2012) – Past history and yesterday’s severe weather that swept through the Commonwealth tells us Kentucky’s most common threat is the weather. With that, Governor Steve Beshear signed a proclamation declaring March 2012 as Severe Weather Awareness Month, urging all Kentuckians to be prepared for severe weather.
  • COMMONWEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER ACTIVATED TO LEVEL II
    Wednesday, February 29, 2012
    FRANKFORT, KY. (Feb. 29, 2012) – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to Level II earlier this morning in response to the severe weather system that moved into the western regions of the Commonwealth. At Level II the CEOC is staffed with additional KYEM support staff and personnel from the National Weather Service. The CEOC tracks and maintains situational awareness and response to requests for assistance.
  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ANNOUNCES MITIGATION GRANT AWARD
    Thursday, February 09, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 9, 2012) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of approval and the awarding of a mitigation grant totaling $8 million to the University of Kentucky. FEMA will provide 75 percent or $6 million the University of Kentucky will provide 25 percent or $2 million.
  • KENTUCKIANS PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT CENTRAL U.S. SHAKEOUT
    Thursday, February 09, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb 9, 2012) – More than 426,000 Kentuckians participated in the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Feb. 7 as part of Earthquake Awareness Month in Kentucky as proclaimed earlier by Governor Steve Beshear.
  • KENTUCKY PREPARES FOR THE GREAT CENTRAL US SHAKEOUT
    Sunday, January 29, 2012
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan 27, 2012) – Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has proclaimed February as Earthquake Awareness month as Kentucky continues to prepare for the Great Central U.S. ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for Feb. 7.
  • 2011 GOVERNOR'S EMERGENCY MANAGENENT WORKSHOP AND ENERGY SUMMIT HUGE SUCCESS
    Tuesday, December 20, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec 20, 2011) - The 2011 Governor's Emergency Management Workshop and Energy Summit was held Dec. 14 - 16, at the Galt House Hotel and Suites in historic downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The theme for this year's workshop was "Partnering for the Future."
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Announces Mitigation Award for Rowan County Acquisition Project
    Tuesday, December 06, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec 6, 2011) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of its approval of a mitigation project grant for Rowan County. The mitigation grant, in the amount of $1,554,855, will be administered through the State Hazard Mitigation Program, which is managed and administered by Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM).
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Announces Mitigation Award for Safe Room
    Thursday, December 01, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec 1, 2011) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of approval and awarding of a mitigation grant in the amount of $1,207,939 to the City of Muldraugh, Ky. for the new construction of a stand-alone, single-use, tornado safe room.
  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct 12, 2011) - Recently Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) recognized two local employees for outstanding performance.
  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION RECOGNIZE LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICES PROVIDERS
    Thursday, September 29, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (September 27, 2011) - The 2011 annual Kentucky Emergency Services Conference (KESC) was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Louisville, Kentucky, Sept. 6-9. This year's conference was an overwhelming success with more than 450 registered attendees.
  • JIM GARRETT RECOGNIZED AS VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COORDINATOR
    Friday, June 10, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (June 10, 2011) - Kentucky Emergency Management is pleased to announce the selection of Jim Garrett, KYEM Volunteer Program Coordinator, as one of sixteen groups and individuals from across the Commonwealth honored for their volunteer contributions at a ceremony held June 2nd at the Governor's Mansion in Frankfort.
  • KYEM UNVEILS 2011 KENTUCKY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS POSTERS
    Thursday, May 26, 2011
    FRANKFORT, KY. (May 25, 2011) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) will honor 2011 Earthquake Awareness Poster Contest winners on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Picadome Elementary School located in Lexington, Ky. and at Grant’s Lick Elementary in Alexandria, Ky.
  • NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE 2011-KENTUCKY PREPARES FOR A MAJOR EARTHQUAKE
    Saturday, May 14, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 13, 2011) - On Monday, May 16, 2011, Kentucky and several Central U.S. states, along with federal government agencies, volunteer organizations and the private sector will begin a weeklong preparedness exercise based upon a catastrophic earthquake in the New Madrid Earthquake Zone, which is located in the heart of the United States.
  • LOWER OHIO RIVER TO CONTINUES SLIGHT RISE, CRESTING ON SATURDAY
    Friday, May 06, 2011
    Frankfort, Ky. (May 6, 2011) - Emergency Management officials report that because of controlled water releases from some Kentucky lakes, the lower Ohio River will continue to rise slightly through Saturday. No additional evacuations are expected at this time; however, officials remind residents to heed directions if asked to evacuate
  • DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS CONTINUE FOR INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE
    Thursday, May 05, 2011
    FRANKFORT, KY. (May 5, 2011) - Gov. Steve Beshear announced yesterday that Kentucky's request for federal assistance has been granted by President Obama. This Major Presidential Disaster Declaration makes Public Assistance Program (PA) and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding available to the Commonwealth. All other requests, including the Individuals and Household Assistance Program (IA), are under review by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
  • PRESIDENT GRANTS DISASTER DECLARATION REQUESTED BY GOVERNOR BESHEAR
    Thursday, May 05, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2011) – Governor Steve Beshear was notified tonight that President Barack Obama has approved his request for a major disaster declaration for Kentucky. After learning that Federal Emergency Management Agency personnel in Kentucky had submitted a letter to the President recommending granting the disaster declaration, Gov. Beshear immediately called the White House to urge a quick response.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR DIRECTS MORE NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS TO ASSIST IN FLOOD RESPONSE EFFORTS
    Wednesday, May 04, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 4, 2011) – At the direction of Governor Steve Beshear, nearly 600 Kentucky National Guard troops are currently assisting flood relief efforts in six western Kentucky counties. Floodwaters continue to rise along the lower Ohio and Mississippi rivers, threatening homes and businesses. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers projects the rivers will reach crest in most locations in Kentucky on Thursday and Friday.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR RETURNS TO FLOODED COUNTIES IN WESTERN KENTUCKY
    Tuesday, May 03, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 3, 2011) –Five days after his initial visit to flooded areas in far western Kentucky, Gov. Steve Beshear says rising floodwaters still pose significant danger to homes and communities along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. Gov. Beshear visited Fulton, McCracken and Marshall counties today to assess response efforts. He also visited the recently opened Regional Emergency Coordination Center (RECC) at the Benton Armory.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR WARNS RESIDENTS OF NEW FLOODING DANGERS, DIRECTED OPENING OF REGIONAL EMERGENCY COORDINATION CENTER
    Monday, May 02, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 2, 2011) – Governor Steve Beshear today warned citizens in western Kentucky that flood projections are worsening, and announced plans to visit several affected counties again on Tuesday. Local officials began evacuating residents in Hickman, Ledbetter and Smithland because of the rising water.
  • KENTUCKY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO ANNOUNCE 2011 EARTHQUAKE
    Wednesday, April 27, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 27, 2011) Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) will recognize the 2011 KYEM Earthquake Awareness Poster Contest winner tomorrow at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, 628 Second Street Henderson, KY 42420.
  • KYEM UNVEILS 2011 KENTUCKY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS POSTER
    Tuesday, April 26, 2011
    FRANKFORT, KY. (April 25, 2011) - The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) will honor the 2011 Earthquake Awareness Poster Contest winner on Thursday, April 28, 2011, at the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School located in Henderson, Ky.
  • WEATHER EXPERTS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ISSUE URGENT SAFETY MESSAGES
    Sunday, April 24, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 24, 2011) - The National Weather Service (NWS) Paducah Office held an early evening conference call with emergency management officials and media urging everyone to use extreme caution overnight and into the coming week, as heavy rains and severe weather continue across the Commonwealth.
  • SEARCH AND RESCUE GRANTS AWARDED
    Friday, April 22, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2011)-As part of the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management's (KYEM) commitment to assist local Search and Rescue (SAR) teams, SAR grants have been awarded to 20 SAR teams across Kentucky
  • MEDIA ADVISORY
    Friday, April 22, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 22, 2011) - - The Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB) will hold its quarterly meeting April 27, 2011 in the small conference room on the 3rd floor of the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Building at 100 Airport Road, Frankfort, Ky. The meeting will begin at 1:30 PM EDT.
  • COMMONWEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER SCALES BACK OPERATIONS
    Thursday, April 21, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 20, 2011) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has scaled back operations at the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) to Level I after the weather system that swept across the Commonwealth overnight exited the state and severe weather alerts expired.
  • EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACTIVATES COMMONWEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
    Wednesday, April 20, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 19, 2011) - In support of the ongoing severe weather threat, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) has activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) at Level II. Severe weather is expected to move into the state this afternoon and through the night, possibly affecting the Commonwealth. Additional personnel from KYEM and Kentucky National Guard (KyNG) are continually monitoring the developing situation and are ready to fulfill any requests for assistance.
  • OFFICIALS CONTINUE TO MONITOR HERRINGTON LAKE LEVELS
    Friday, April 15, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 15, 2011) - As more rain is predicted for the Commonwealth, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), National Weather Service (NWS) Louisville Office, Dix Dam officials and local emergency management officials held a conference call Thursday, April 14, to discuss the water level in Herrington Lake.
  • EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AND NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE (NLE) 2011 MEDIA
    Friday, April 15, 2011
    WHO: Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Director, John Heltzel WHAT: KYEM will conduct an in-depth telephone discussion pertaining to earthquake preparedness in Kentucky, The Great Central US ShakeOut and the National Level Exercise (NLE) 2011.
  • EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AND NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE (NLE) 2011 MEDIA
    Wednesday, April 13, 2011
    WHO: Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Director, John Heltzel and Kentucky WHAT: KYEM will conduct an in depth telephone discussion pertaining to earthquake preparedness in Kentucky, The Great Central US ShakeOut and the National Level Exercise (NLE) 2011.
  • KENTUCKY PREPARES FOR THE GREAT CENTRAL US SHAKEOUT AND NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE 2011
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2011) - As Japan was hit with yet another earthquake yesterday, Kentucky continues to prepare for the Great Central US ShakeOut Earthquake Drill, scheduled for April 28, 2011, and the National Level Exercise 2011 (NLE 2011), scheduled for May 16-20.
  • EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACTIVATES COMMONWEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
    Tuesday, April 12, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 12, 2011) - The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) has activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) at Level II in response to increased flooding around the Commonwealth. Additional personnel from KYEM and Kentucky National Guard continue to monitor the developing situation and fulfill any requests for assistance.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR MONITORING STORM DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS
    Tuesday, April 05, 2011
    FRANKFORT, KY. (April 5, 2011) – The Office of Governor Steve Beshear remains in close communication with emergency management and local officials as they begin damage assessments of severe storms and tornadoes that moved through the state yesterday. The teams are reviewing damages in at least 24 counties.
  • EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS AND NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE (NLE) 2011 MEDIA
    Tuesday, April 05, 2011
    CANCELLED The media conference call scheduled for 11:00 AM EDT today to discuss earthquake preparedness, The Great Central US ShakeOut and NLE 2011 has been cancelled and rescheduled for April 15, 1:00 PM EDT. MEDIA ADVISORY (April 5, 2011) WHO: Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Director, John Heltzel and Kentucky Earthquake Program Manager, Steve Oglesby
  • EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ACTIVATED COMMONWEALTH EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
    Monday, April 04, 2011
    FRANKFORT, KY. (April 4, 2011) - In support of the ongoing severe weather threat, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) has activated the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) at Level III in response to severe weather that is impacting the Commonwealth. Additional personnel from KYEM, Kentucky National Guard, state and volunteer agencies are now on rotating shifts to monitor the developing situation and fulfill any requests for assistance.
  • EARTHQUAKE EXERCISE IN KENTUCKY - PREPARING FOR THE BIG ONE!
    Saturday, April 02, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (April 1, 2011) - (Special Note: This information pertains to an earthquake EXERCISE). As part of a national level EXERCISE on May 16, 2011, a major earthquake will rock the mid-South and unleash an unprecedented level of destruction upon more than eight states. Unlike other forecasts of doom, this prediction is based on the certainty of a National Level Exercise (NLE) scheduled to put local, state and federal officials through the paces of responding to a catastrophic earthquake in the heart of the United States.
  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COMMONWEALTH EARTHQUAKE PLAN BRIEFING FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS
    Friday, March 04, 2011
    John Heltzel, director of Kentucky Emergency Management, and Dr. William D. Hacker, commissioner of Ky Dept. for Public Health, will brief elected officials on Kentucky's earthquke plan and the upcoming 2011 National Level Exercise (NLE 11), which will be hosted by Kentucky and held May 16 - 20.
  • KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE WORKSHOP
    Thursday, March 03, 2011
    MEDIA ADVISORY KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT NATIONAL LEVEL EXERCISE WORKSHOP CONTACT: Buddy Rogers Tel. No. 502-607-1611 WHO: Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) WHAT: National Level Exercise 2011 Workshop
  • STATEWIDE TORNADO SAFETY DRILL - MARCH 8TH 10:07 AM EST
    Wednesday, March 02, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 2, 2011) - At approximately 10:07 AM (Eastern Standard Time) Tuesday, March 8, the National Weather Service (NWS), partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) and Kentucky Broadcast Association (KBA) will issue a tornado warning test message. Warning sirens will sound at this time across Kentucky communities, weather alert radios will activate and television and radio stations will broadcast the alert message.
  • CERC MEETING MEDIA ADVISORY
    Tuesday, March 01, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 1 , 2011) Kentucky Division of Emergency Management WHO: Commonwealth Emergency Response Commission (CERC) WHAT: CERC Bi-monthly Meeting WHERE: Carroll Knicely Center 2355 Nashville Road Bowling Green, KY 42104 WHEN: March 9, 2011 ~ 1:00 p.m. CST To learn more about the CERC, please visit www.kyem.ky.gov/about/cerc. * Photo ID required
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR DECLARES MARCH SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS MONTH
    Monday, February 28, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 28, 2011) - History tells us that Kentucky's most common threat is the weather. With that, Governor Beshear has signed a proclamation declaring March 2011 as Severe Weather Awareness Month, urging all Kentuckians to be prepared for severe weather.
  • OFFICIALS URGE AWARENESS AND CAUTION AS A STRONG STORM SYSTEM APPROACHES KENTUCKY
    Sunday, February 27, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 27, 2011) - Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) and officials at the National Weather Service (NWS) urge Kentuckians to prepare as a strong storm system is expected to move into the western part of the state late this evening and move northeast across Kentucky on Monday.
  • Fourth Flood Victim Recovered
    Friday, February 25, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 25, 2011) - Rescue workers have recovered the missing 11-year-old child in Graves County, who was apparently swept away by rushing waters as the horse drawn buggy she was in attempted to cross a rain swollen creek. The family was returning home, near Wingo, Ky. via Roscoe Road when the accident occurred Thursday night. Overnight, emergency rescue team members recovered the bodies of three other children who were in the family buggy. The mother and another child were able to make it to safety.
  • OFFICIALS MONITOR A POTENTIALLY SEVERE WEATHER EVENT WITH HEAVY RAIN
    Wednesday, February 23, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky.: February 23, 2011 - Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and National Weather Service (NWS) officials continue to monitor a potentially heavy thunderstorm event expected to begin tonight and lasting through Friday morning.
  • KENTUCKY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND BULLITT COUNTY JUDGE TO
    Thursday, February 17, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 17, 2011) Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) will recognize four local Bullitt County citizens whose fast thinking and actions helped prevent a tragedy.
  • KENTUCKY'S ENHANCED MITIGATION STATUS MEANS MILLIONS TO THE COMMOMWEALTH
    Friday, February 04, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2011) - The Commonwealth of Kentucky has received notice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of approval and award of an "enhanced" status for the State Hazard Mitigation Plan.
  • GOVERNOR BESHEAR PROCLAIMS FEBRUARY EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS MONTH
    Monday, January 31, 2011
    FRANKFORT, KY: January 31, 2011 - Governor Steve Beshear has signed an executive proclamation declaring February 2011, as Earthquake Awareness Month in Kentucky.
  • OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE CAUTION AS WINTER STORM APPROACHES
    Thursday, January 20, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2011) - State and local officials continue tracking a winter storm as it moves across the Commonwealth. Since late last week, the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM), along with local and state officials, have been tracking this system through the National Weather Service (NWS). The Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) does not expect to activate beyond Level One (normal operations), but is maintaining increased situational awareness and prepared to offer assistance to local governments, if requested.
  • KENTUCKY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT RECOGNIZES LOCAL REGIONAL RESPONSE MANAGER'S ACHIEVEMENTS
    Saturday, January 15, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 14, 2010) - Recently Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) Regional Response Managers (RRM); Chris Hecker and Vicki Martin, were recognized by KYEM Director, John Heltzel, for achieving RRM Level One.
  • KYEM UNVEILS 2011 KENTUCKY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS POSTER
    Wednesday, January 12, 2011
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan 12, 2011)-The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) announced the winner of the 2010 Earthquake Awareness Poster Contest yesterday at Westridge Elementary School, located in Frankfort, Ky.
  • Op-Ed: Resolve to be Ready in 2011
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011
    Every year, nearly half of all Americans make New Year’s resolutions. This year, we’re asking you to make a resolution that could save your life – resolve to be ready for disasters.
  • KENTUCKY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TO ANNOUNCE 2010 EARTHQUAKE AWARENESS POSTER CONTEST WINNER
    Tuesday, December 28, 2010
    FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 28, 2010) Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) will award a $100.00 U.S. Savings Bond to Samantha Durham of Westridge Elementary as the KYEM 2010 Earthquake Awareness Poster Contest winner.
  • Winter Storm Exits Kentucky Leaving Little Impact
    Thursday, December 16, 2010
    The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) has transitioned to Level II at the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center (CEOC) as the winter storm that impacted Kentucky through last night and into today exits the state, leaving behind up to six inches of snow in the northern- most counties, roadways and landscapes covered in ice elsewhere.
  • Kentucky Receives Federal Disaster Declaration
    Tuesday, May 11, 2010
    President Barack Obama issued a federal disaster declaration for Kentucky today after floods heavily damaged more than two-thirds of the state’s counties