FRANKFORT – Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM) hosted a winter task force meeting on December 8, with representatives of state and private sector officials to discuss and coordinate planning efforts for the upcoming winter season.
KYEM Director Michael Dossett facilitated the discussion among principals from the National Weather Service, Kentucky National Guard, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Kentucky Department of Public Health, Kentucky Public Service Commission, Kentucky Division of Forestry, Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, Kentucky Natural Resources, Federal Highway Administration, American Red Cross, LG&E Kentucky Utilities and KYEM.
“The previous two winters produced crippling snow in areas of Kentucky and provided emergency responders with valuable lessons learned”, Dossett said, “Having face-to-face planning sessions provides valuable insight and knowledge of resources and capabilities we can rely on when confronted with hazardous winter weather.”
Joe Sullivan, Warning Coordinator Meteorologist for the Louisville National Weather Service Office, opened the session with an overview forecast of the 2016/2017 Winter Season. Sullivan stated scientific data supported a warmer and wetter winter than normal, however, he emphasized those conditions often lead to a varied mix of winter weather that can include ice and snow! Sullivan cited last winter as an example where, although it was warmer than normal, there were record snowfalls in many areas of the state.
Officials encourage everyone to prepare for winter weather now by reviewing their emergency plans, emergency supplies and kits.
For winter safety tips, information and resources, please go to www.kyem.ky.gov , where you can follow KYEM on Twitter and like us on Facebook.
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