Gov. Bevin declares State of Emergency for Kentucky; Judge Fields takes same action at local level
With a strong winter storm pounding much of the state, Governor Matt Bevin has declared a State of Emergency for Kentucky, according to a news release this afternoon from the governor's office.
The official declaration makes available state resources to local officials in order to enusure public safety.
"My primary concern is safety. By declaring a state of emergency, we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs," said Gov. Bevin. "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 roads, allowing emergency services the opportunity to keep the roadways safe."
At the local level, Butler County Judge-Executive David Fields has also issued a declaration of a Local State of Emergency. Judge Fields' order calls for the local Emergency Operations Plan to be fully executed.
The plan reads (in part) as follows:
"The Director of Emergency Management for the county shall direct the Butler County Disaster and Emergency Services and Emergency Management to provide such assistance as can be delivered from available local sources and shall coordinate all agencies of local government to provide assistance to Butler County, the City of Morgantown, the City of Rochester, and the City of Woodbury."
Richard Henderson is the Director of Emergency Management for Butler County.
A copy of Judge Fields' emergency declaration can be read at the following link:
"We're working hard at the county level to deal with the many challenges brought on by this winter storm. Our emergency personnel are on the front lines to ensure public safety," said Judge Fields. "Please stay off the roads if at all possible to assist our workers in clearing roadways. Home is the best place to be right now," added Fields.