Winter Weather Awareness Week December 1 – 7, 2016
December 1st, 2016
FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov 30, 2016) – December 1 – 7, 2016, is Winter Weather Awareness Week in Kentucky.
As the winter weather season approaches, Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM), the National Weather Service (NWS) and the Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) would like to remind you to “Be aware, Be Prepared!”
Last week’s early season snowstorm that impacted parts of the Midwest and Northeast caught thousands unprepared and is a good reminder that winter is just ahead. It is important to remember that snow, ice and freezing rain often blankets much of the Commonwealth, causing widespread traffic problems, power outages, school and business closings.
KYEM Director Michael Dossett said, “Winters in Kentucky can vary from mild sunny days, stormy tornadic days, to historic snowfalls like we have seen the previous two years! Kentuckians need to know the risks associated with winter weather and ways to prepare for winter events!”
Each year, dozens of Americans die due to exposure to the cold. Even more winter weather-related fatalities occur in vehicle accidents, fires caused by heaters, or due to carbon monoxide poisoning from the improper use of generators during power outages. Severe winter storms can impact a community for days, weeks or even months.
“Winter brings the threat of all types of hazardous weather, from heavy snow, ice and cold, to thunderstorms and flooding,” said Shawn Harley, Meteorologist in Charge at the Jackson, Kentucky Weather Forecast Office. “Being prepared and staying weather aware is the key to keeping you and your family safe this coming winter.”
Winter Weather Awareness Week is the perfect time to prepare yourself, families, communities, schools and business for the upcoming winter season. Review your emergency plan, build or resupply emergency kits and educate others on the hazards of winter weather.
For additional information and helpful links, please visit the KYEM website at www.kyem.ky.gov, where you can follow us on social media and sign up for alerts and go NWS Winter Safety website http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/winter_safety.html#.VKbOLivF9nX for winter weather resources and safety tips.