snow driveFRANKFORT, Ky. (1/12/18) — Kentucky Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in response to the winter weather storm crossing the Commonwealth today at midnight. The SEOC activated at a Level 4, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system.  Additional state and private sector partners will be present during the continuing activation on Friday and thereafter as needed.

The winter storm began in Western Kentucky, dropping freezing rain, sleet and snow, and will cross the remainder of Kentucky today and tonight.  Conditions are forecast to deteriorate as temperatures fall throughout the day.

“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.”  Dossett continued “A reminder, please give all emergency vehicles a wide birth as they will be out in force during this storm event.”

Officials urge citizens to stay tuned to their local media for watches and warnings.  As road conditions will continue to deteriorate, citizens should stay off roadways unless necessary.  Black ice and icing on overpasses will occur, causing hazardous driving conditions.  Reduce your speed, give yourself extra time and check road conditions before you leave, and for your destination at www.snowky.ky.gov.

Icing is projected with this storm, which could cause minor power outages.  If you lose power, have an alternate source ready.  However, be aware of the dangers of alternate heat sources and carbon monoxide poisoning.  Visit http://www.cdc.gov/co/guidelines.htm for more information.

If you experience a power outage, please contact your local utility company.  They will be able to provide you with information on the duration of your outage.

Always have your winter weather emergency car/home kits ready to include your pets.  Visit
https://www.ready.gov/winter-weather for more complete information on winter weather readiness.  Lastly, be a good neighbor.  Check on your neighbors, family and friends during emergencies.

For more information about KYEM, visit www.kyem.ky.gov.  Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @KentuckyEM.

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