State Emergency Operations Center activated to monitor storm

Kentucky Press News Service

Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center early Friday morning in response to the winter storm crossing the state.

The center was activated at Level 4, which means KYEM personnel are monitoring the weather system, according to a news release from the agency. Officials said additional state and private sector partners will be present during the continuing activation on Friday and thereafter as needed. 

“Our primary mission is to support our counties, their responders and the citizens of the commonwealth,” said Michael E. Dossett, director of KYEM. “By being proactive and activating our State Emergency Operations Center, it allows us to quickly and efficiently respond their needs.”

He added motorists should give emergency vehicles a wide birth during the storm.

State officials also urge citizens to stay tuned to local media for weather watches and warnings.

Hazardous road conditions are expected across the state. This could include black ice and icing on overpasses. Drivers should reduce speed, allow extra time for trips and check road conditions before leaving at www.snowky.ky.gov.

The storm is producing ice, and that could cause power outages. Alternative power sources could be needed, but it’s important to be aware of fire and carbon monoxide dangers. KYEM recommends checking http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm for more information.

Winter weather emergency kits for cars and home are recommended. They should include supplies for pets.

Visit https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather for more complete information on winter weather readiness.  

For more information about KYEM, visit www.kyem.ky.gov or the agency’s Facebook page or Twitter account, @KentuckyEM.