FRANKFORT – Kentucky Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center on Friday, Jan. 12.
KYEM said the activation was in response to the winter weather storm that crossed the Commonwealth on Friday.
The SEOC activated at a Level Four, which consists of KYEM personnel monitoring the weather system. Additional state and private sector partners were present during the activation on Friday and after as needed.
The winter storm began in Western Kentucky dropping freezing rain, sleet and snow and crosses throughout Kentucky through the night.
“Our primary mission is to support our counties, their responders and the citizens of the Commonwealth,” Director of KYEM Michael E. Dossett said. “By being proactive and activating our State Emergency Operations Center, it allows us to quickly and efficiently respond to their needs.”
Dossett reminded everyone to give all emergency vehicles a wide birth as they are out in the storm event.
Officials urged citizens to stay tuned to local media for watches and warnings. KYEM recommended all citizens to stay off roadways unless necessary.
According to KYEM, black ice and icing on overpasses can occur, causing hazardous driving conditions. They advise to check road conditions before you travel at www.snowky.ky.gov.
KYEM advises to have an alternate source of power ready in case power is lost. They also advise to be aware of the dangers of alternate heat sources and carbon monoxide poisoning.
For more information from KYEM, visit www.kyem.ky.gov.