Office of Homeland Security

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, March 20, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher announced today distribution information for emergency alert weather radios being provided free of charge to residents and businesses located within the flood inundation area below the Wolf Creek Dam in Clinton, Cumberland, Monroe, and Russell Counties.  

“I am committed to ensuring the public health and safety of every citizen, business, and visitor to Lake Cumberland while preserving the great quality of life in the region,” said Governor Ernie Fletcher. “It is essential that we take care of every Kentuckian living below the Wolf Creek Dam and weather radios are an important resource for emergency response officials to reach out to the public during an emergency.” 

This week, residents and businesses in the affected areas will receive cards via mail providing them with distribution information. To receive a weather radio, each individual receiving a card must bring the card and a proof of residency (photo ID or utility bill) to one of the distribution points listed below. Individuals who are disabled or have special needs and are unable to pick up their radio may call the Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency at 1-800-928-6382 and a radio will be delivered to them.  

March 24

Cumberland County

9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Veterans Memorial Community Center

213 Upper River Street

Burkesville, KY


March 27

Russell County

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Lake Cumberland Community Action Agency

Central Office

23 Industry Drive

Jamestown, KY


March 28

Clinton County

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Clinton Senior Center

110 Spring Street

Albany, KY


March 29

Monroe County

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Old Monroe County High School Gym

401 W 4th Street

Tompkinsville, KY 

Weather Radios continuously broadcast National Weather Service forecasts, warnings and other crucial weather information. The radios can be programmed to receive information specific to a certain area, using the Specific Area Message Encoder (SAME) feature, and can sound an alarm to alert users of approaching dangerous weather. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Weather Radio is the lone government- operated radio system that provides direct warnings to the public for natural and man- made hazards, from floods to forest fires, to oil spills. It also is the primary trigger for activating America’s Emergency Alert System on commercial radio and television stations.

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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the Commonwealth's prevention and preparedness efforts to ensure Kentucky’s communities, First Responders and families are Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit