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Kentucky Emergency Management Offers Winter Storm Safety Tips


Kentucky Emergency Management is preparing for another significant weather system that will cross the Commonwealth today through Thursday. 

KYEM staff is closely monitoring the system and stands ready to assist as needed. The State Emergency Operations Center was opened Tuesday to a Level IV activation to provide enhanced monitoring and situational awareness to our state and county partners, in advance of this complex storm system.

The strong weather system is forecast to bring a combination of heavy rain, snow, sleet, and possible flooding over the next 72 hours. 

Michael Dossett, director of KYEM, reminds citizens “to be prepared and take precautions in planning now for this storm system. Monitor your local broadcast stations and radios for important weather information.” 

Preparedness items include ensuring you have a family emergency plan and an emergency kit (72 hours) for your home and your vehicles. 

If you come across high water, “turn around, don’t drown” and report any downed power lines to your local electric company.  And as always, if you must travel, use caution and drive slowly. 

Kentucky roadway status can be found by calling 511, 1-866-737-3767 or at: http://www.511.ky.gov

Information on how to prepare a family emergency plan and kit can be found at: http://www.kyem.ky.gov

KYEM also offers information regarding carbon monoxide prevention poisoning:

  • Don’t use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or near a window
  • Don’t run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open
  • Don’t burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn’t properly vented
  • Don’t heat your house with a gas oven

Seek prompt medical attention by calling 911 or the Kentucky Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are feeling dizzy, light-headed, have a headache, chest pain or are feeling nauseous.
To install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector in your home or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall for daylight savings time. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and call 911.

(story provided by the Commonwealth Emergency Operations Center)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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