Kentucky Emergency Management
SAFETY MESSAGE FROM KENTUCKY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
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.
If you do not need to be on the road, avoid travel to impacted areas. Excess traffic hinders emergency response crews from clearing roadways and responding to life-saving missions. State officials also remind drivers it is extremely important not to travel into flooded areas. Motorists should heed barricades and warning signs and avoid areas where roads have been closed to avoid driving into high water or being cut off by floodwaters.
KYEM has received numerous calls from private citizens and businesses who want to offer assistance to those hit by severe storms yesterday. We encourage those wanting to help victims to contact your local emergency management director first, before showing up in a disaster area. This is for your safety and the safety of others.
If you are looking for a family member or would like to register yourself for another family member to find you, please visit KYEM’s Report a Missing Person link at www.kyem.ky.gov or the American Red Cross Safe and Well link at www.americanredcross.org. Additional disaster related information can also be found on the KYEM website.
Weather safety tips and weather alerts by county can be found on the Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) website at www.kyem.ky.gov.
Citizens are encouraged to avoid downed power lines and report downed lines to their local utility provider or 911.