Gov. Bevin declares state of emergency

01/22/2016 03:04 PM

Gov. Matt Bevin has declared a state of emergency in order to give local areas the help they need during Friday’s winter storm.

In a statement, Bevin said the emergency order became effective at 1:30 pm on Friday, adding that his primary concern is the safety of citizens of the state.

“By declaring a state emergency we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs,” Bevin said. “I thank all of the officials working hard to keep people safe and commerce flowing. We urge all citizens to remain at home and stay off of the roads allowing emergency services the opportunity to keep the roadways safe.”

The storm, which is impacting the eastern portion of the United States, has already dumped over seven inches of snow on some parts of the commonwealth.

The Kentucky Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center are monitoring the storm as it crosses Kentucky’s borders, and assisting in coordinating the response.

“The Commonwealth has come through the worst part of the snowfall event. The storm front should move out of the area by 7 pm EST. We’ve encountered sporadic power outages, but more specifically calls regarding slow moving traffic on interstates,” said Michael Dossett, Director of Kentucky Emergency Management.

“It is imperative that we allow our first responders the ability to provide timely services throughout the state. In that light, we are asking that our citizens refrain from travel on the interstate system for the remainder of this storm period,” Dossett continued. “By virtue of the executive order for a state of emergency, allied state agencies are now able to leverage resources that are beyond local government capabilities.”

Before the storm hit, Bevin was already warning Kentuckians to stay off the roads.

The Kentucky National Guard was also placed on high alert by the administration on Thursday in case they are needed to provide additional assistance.


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