State leaders, emergency management officials outline preparations for winter storm


Governor Andy Beshear said Kentuckians need to prepare for another round of winter weather.

“We need Kentuckians to prepare for another two rounds of storms bringing more snow, ice and freezing temperatures,” Gov. Beshear said. “As these storms arrive, we need Kentuckians to make a plan for their families to stay safe, warm and, if possible, off the roads.”

Crews with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plan to concentrate on maintaining interstates, parkways and highly traveled routes. They will also be assisting with tree clearing operations to remove debris from roads. According to the governor’s office, crews in the Northeastern part of the state are still working on tree removal from the last storm.

“We took advantage of the break in the weather this weekend to replenish salt inventories in our highway district maintenance facilities,” said Transportation Secretary Jim Gray. “Our crews will be working tirelessly to clear roads of snow, but ice poses serious challenges and risks to highway safety; so I continue to urge Kentuckians to restrict travel as much as possible.”

Gray said if people must be on the roads this week, to treat a dark traffic signal as a four-way stop, reduce driving speeds and wear your seatbelt.

If you experience a power outage during this storm, contact your local utility company. If possible, prepare for the need to use an alternate source of heat. Be aware of the dangers of such heating sources and carbon monoxide poisoning. Generators, camp stoves and charcoal grills should always be used outdoors and at least 20 feet away from windows. Never use a gas stovetop or oven as a heating source for your home. For more safety information about alternate heating sources, visit the CDC’s website here.

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