FRANKFORT – In conjunction with National Preparedness Month, Gov. Steve Beshear has proclaimed September as Preparedness Month in Kentucky.
Kentucky’s Office of Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management urge Kentuckians to “BE AWARE – BE PREPARED – HAVE A PLAN.”
“Kentuckians face threats to their safety and property year-round thanks to tornadoes, flooding, winter storms and man-made hazards,” Kentucky Emergency Management Director Michael Dossett said. “This year alone Kentucky has received four presidentially declared disasters. All households should be prepared with food, shelter and emergency plans for every member of the family.”
A disaster can occur anytime, anywhere in Kentucky. In fact, cleanup and damage recovery continues in several counties from the heavy rains and severe storms which struck the Commonwealth in July of this year, causing millions of dollars of damage. Heavy rains forced evacuations and destroyed numerous homes and businesses. Tragically, four lives were lost due to flash flooding in Johnson County.
“We urge Kentuckians to be prepared for any emergency or disaster,” said Gene Kiser, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security. “Supplies such as water, non-perishable food, flashlights and batteries, radios and first aid kits are easy to store, and can be lifesavers when a crisis hits. A communication plan with family, friends and neighbors is also important. Emergency situations can happen any time, any place, so it is smart to be prepared.”
“Although state and local governments are ready to assist the public during emergencies and disasters, preparedness starts at home,” Dossett said.
“In the event of large-scale disasters, it may take time for local and state resources to respond to each community,” he added. “Disasters such as the massive statewide ice storm in 2009, statewide flooding in 2011 and killer tornadoes in the spring 2012, taught us the value of individual and family preparedness.”
Dossett and Kiser both agree that educating and preparing citizens is crucial, which is why Gov. Beshear, Kentucky Homeland Security and Kentucky Emergency Management are joining together to offer disaster preparedness tips.