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GOVERN BEVIN PROCLAIMS
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK March 1 – 7, 2017
STATEWIDE TORNADO SAFETY DRILL IS FEB. 28, 10:07 A.M. EST
FRANKFORT, Ky. 2-21- 2017) – Governor Matt Bevin has signed a proclamation proclaiming March 1 - 7, 2017, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
Partnering with Kentucky Emergency Management and the National Weather Service, Casey County Emergency Management recognizes March 1 - 7, 2017, as "Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky."
Rick Wesley, said, "Weather is always a threat in Kentucky. Each year our citizens face the dangers of severe weather in many forms; from severe storms that create tornadoes and straight line winds, to deadly lightning, flooding, and severe winter storms." Wesley continued," It is important to ensure your safety and the safety of your family. Plan ahead and know what to do when severe weather threatens our community."
A statewide tornado drill is being conducted in conjunction with the Governor’s proclamation and you are encouraged to participate.
At approximately 10:007 a.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb 28, the National Weather Service, in partnership with Kentucky Emergency Management, the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee, and Kentucky Broadcasters Association will issue a tornado warning test message.
Outdoor warning sirens may sound across Kentucky communities; weather alert radios will activate; and television and radio stations and mobile devices will broadcast the alert. This drill will give the public the opportunity to practice tornado safety measures.
The broadcast test message will emphasize this is only a test of the alert system. During the test alert, all Kentuckians, businesses, hospitals, nursing homes, educators and government agencies are encouraged to practice their tornado safety drill and update their emergency plan.
Severe weather preparedness begins with knowing severe weather risks:
Step 1. Understand the type of hazardous weather that can affect where you live and work, and how the weather can impact you and your family.
Step 2. Check the weather forecast regularly. Get a NOAA Weather Radio and sign up for localized alerts from emergency management officials.
Step 3. Develop a personal emergency plan that considers all types of local hazards and associated risks.
If you do not have a tornado plan; make one using these guidelines:
Designate a tornado shelter in an interior room on the lowest level of a building, away from windows.
Basements are best, but, if there is no basement, choose an interior bathroom, closet or other enclosed space on the lowest level of a building.
Tell everyone where the designated shelter is and post the location.
To conduct a tornado drill at home or work:
Announce the start of the drill.
Participants should act as though a tornado warning has been issued for the immediate area or a tornado has been sighted nearby. They should move as quickly as possible to the designated tornado shelter.
Once people reach predestinated safe areas, they should crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down, covering their heads with their hands.
Once everyone has reached safe shelter, announce the mock tornado has passed and the drill is complete.
After the drill, perform an assessment. Determine if the shelter you chose was large enough for everyone, easy to get to and uncluttered.
Help emergency managers and weather officials improve weather notifications and awareness campaigns by completing a short online survey, available at http://kyem.ky.gov/preparedness/Pages/default.aspx.
During severe weather, if you are caught outdoors and unable to seek indoor shelter; lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
Remember, outdoor sirens are not designed to warn indoor inhabitants, and tornadoes also strike during the night. If you are asleep or don't happen to have a television or radio turned on when a severe weather warning is issued; battery-backed weather alert radios are always on and ready to sound an alarm. This is the most effective way to monitor severe weather watches and warnings at any time of day or night.
Homes and businesses alike should have and monitor weather alert radios which automatically transmit NWS severe weather watches and warnings 24 hours a day. Severe weather safety information and resources can be found at www.kyem.ky.gov, www.weather.gov and www.ready.gov.
Information on Casey County Emergency Management is available at http://www.radiolibertyky.com/casey-county-emergency-management.html .
If inclement weather is in the forecast on Feb 28, the Statewide Tornado Drill will be rescheduled.
Fatal fire in Casey County
Liberty, Ky. (January 29, 2017) – Kentucky State Police, Post 15 received a call from Casey County dispatch today at approximately 2:21 EST in reference to a single family structure fire on Dry Fork Rd in Casey county. A 33-year-old male was airlifted from the scene and taken to University of Louisville Hospital where he remains in critical condition. A 3-year-old female was also airlifted from the scene and taken to Kosair's children's hospital before being transferred to a burn unit in Cincinnati where she remains in critical condition. The human remains of a female were discovered in the residence. No names are being released at this time and the relationships between the victims has not been established. The cause of the fire is yet to be determined. State Police Arson Investigator Alex Wesley and the State Fire Marshall's office are investigating. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Liberty, Ky. (January 29, 2017) – 26-year-old John Patterson, of Somerset, and 26-year-old Leah Pollaro, of Millersburg, were arrested on January 28, 2017 at 11:10 EST and charged with Criminal Abuse 2nd Degree. Patterson was also charged with Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphernalia. The two were arrested following an investigation into Pollaro finding the couple's 11-month-old male unresponsive at the grandparent's residence on W. KY 80 in Casey County. The child was transported to Pulaski County Hospital and later flown to University of Kentucky Hospital. It was later determined that the child had ingested heroin. The child is in stable condition. Pollaro and Patterson were both lodged in the Casey County jail.
Statewide Tornado Drill
Casey County Emergency Management reminds residents the date for the 2017 KY Statewide Tornado Drill will be Tuesday, February 28 at 10:07 a.m. Eastern (9:07 a.m. Central). On behalf of KWPC, Greg Happel, Kentucky Broadcaster's Association, has requested an FCC waiver for using the real NWS-SAME TOR code to use to trigger the drill. To refresh everyone's memory, the change from the traditional first Tuesday in March was made to avoid conflicting with the statewide ACT testing for KY public school juniors.
The KY Statewide Severe Weather Awareness Campaign will be held in conjunction with the National Weather Services' Spring Weather Awareness Campaign and KWPC will be putting in a request for a Governor's Proclamation for Severe Weather Awareness Week (March 1-7, 2017) in Kentucky.
The date for the Kentucky Educational TV show, "Severe Weather Staying Safe", has been set for Feb 13, 2017 10:00 pm EST.
Skeletal Remains Found in Dunnville
Authorities are continuing an investigation to identify the bones found Saturday 11-19-16 in a wooded area behind Dogwalk Market in Dunnville. Coroner Curt Demrow said he hopes dental records will determine a positive identification. The remains were not far from the last know point of missing person, Whitney Copely, in October 2015.
Liberty, Ky. (November 23, 2016) – Human remains recovered in Casey County this past weekend have been identified as those of 24-year-old Whitney Danielle Copley who was last seen on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. The Chief Medical Examiner made the identification through dental records and notified KSP investigators today of the finding. Preliminary autopsy results also indicated no trauma to the remains. The remains will now be taken to Knoxville, TN where a forensic anthropologist will begin working on a cause of death.
"The Voice" winner Craig Wayne Boyd in 4-2011 at RadioLibertyKy.com