Kentucky Severe Winter Storm and Flooding (DR-1818)

Incident period: January 26, 2009 to February 13, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on February 5, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

February 16, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, KY -- Volunteers from 25 organizations in 15 states are helping Kentuckians who were affected by the ice storm that began on Jan. 26. The needs of residents are matched with volunteers in each county by the local emergency management agency. Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) is being supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide information for voluntary agencies and faith-based groups assisting residents across the state.
February 12, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) has transitioned from an emergency response phase to a recovery phase for the severe winter storm disaster. The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) has been operating 24/7 at a heightened activity level since Jan. 26 in advance of the storm.? The decision was made today to scale back hours and allow personnel to resume non-emergency operations.
February 12, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Nothing shows love more than protecting your family from danger. Emergency officials in Kentucky are suggesting carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and weather radios would make great Valentine's Day presents. "Weather radios and CO detectors save lives," said Buddy Rogers, public information officer for the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM). "In an emergency, this kind of gift will mean more than chocolate and flowers."
February 10, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, KY -- Preliminary results from a survey of more than 500 households in 10 Western Kentucky counties over the weekend indicate serious safety concerns remain for those still without power, health officials announced today. The most striking preliminary finding indicates that many Kentuckians in these areas are at continued risk for carbon monoxide poisoning due to the improper use of generators, kerosene heaters and grills. The biggest problem observed involved generators being used in enclosed areas or too close to the home.
February 10, 2009
News Release
FRANKFORT, KY -- As power outages and low water pressure problems persist in some areas of the commonwealth as a result of the ice storm, Kentucky officials are urging residents to properly disinfect water for in-home use, including drinking, cooking, making prepared drinks and brushing teeth. The easiest alternative is to use bottled water if it is available.
February 7, 2009
News Release
ATLANTA, Ga. -- Teamwork is the best way to describe the ongoing relief effort in Kentucky following the ice storm that was declared a major federal disaster Thursday.The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management (KYEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are aided by Commonwealth agencies, both local and state, along with federal and volunteer-agency partners to help the 93 counties currently covered by the major federal disaster declaration.

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