Office of Homeland Security

Press Release Date:  Thursday, August 17, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

FRANKFORT, Ky. – With National Preparedness Month just around the corner in September, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security is taking the opportunity to highlight family emergency preparedness at this year’s Kentucky State Fair. The state’s family disaster preparedness program “Avoid the Panic Button: Protect Your Family,” and website,, is highlighted, along with other attractions including a communications interoperability truck. 

The Man-portable Interoperable Tactical Operations Center (MITOC) vehicle, staged at the booth, holds a portable server, satellite receiver, and other equipment critical to first response communications in the event of an emergency. Information will also be made available to Fair attendees regarding the importance of communications interoperability among emergency responders.

Additionally, daily prize drawings will be held to win one of ten Red Cross disaster supply kits. Preparedness information, including brochures regarding making a family communications plan and disaster kit, are also available to all fairgoers.   

The booth is located in the South Wing of the Fair and Exposition Center near the food court, between the History Mobile and University of Kentucky exhibit. 

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The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has been charged by Governor Fletcher to lead the Commonwealth's coordination and collaboration efforts with public and private preparedness partners to ensure Kentucky is Ready and Prepared. For more information about homeland security in Kentucky, please visit