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Regional Emergency Operations Center Update on Tornado Response Efforts

Bill Stephens

December 11th, 2021

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EOC coordinating multiple agency tornado responses

MAYFIELD, Ky. (Dec. 11, 2021)   The Regional Emergency Operations Center at Mayfield is coordinating a multi-agency response to the catastrophic tornado that caused major damage in Mayfield/Graves County and areas of Marshall County.

Shelter
An initial assessment determined that more than 400 people are likely to seek emergency overnight shelter and many will require shelter for a week or more. The Red Cross has established shelters at the following locations: First United Methodist Church100 Church St.Hickman, KY 42050Justin Jackson270-254-0261 Wingo Old Cumberland Presbyterian Church334 Lebanon St, Wingo, KY 42088Contact: Pastor RB Mays270-983-0333The Way Center449 Lebanon Street, Wingo, KY, 42088Contact: Pastor Ike Murphy270-564-0699(The Wingo Old Cumberland Presbyterian church and The Way are next door to each other and are sharing resources)Fancy Farm Knights of Columbus Hall20 KY Hwy 39

Fancy Farm, Kentucky, 42039, Contact: Todd Hayden, Commissioner270-705-1051Lone Oak First Baptist Church3601 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42003Contact: Pastor Hank Garner704-699-3473 These shelters will also feed families impacted by the storm.   Approximately 100 people are being housed in a shelter at Wingo for the night. Additional shelters will be organized as required. His House Church has food at their facility at 1250 KY Hwy 303, Cuba Road.  They will also be handing out food at 5th and Broadway in Mayfield starting about 4 p.m., CST, today. Contact the church for additional info.

Food and Supply Dropoff locations food, supply, and cash donation dropoff have been established at the McCracken County Emergency Management Office at 3700 Coleman Road, Paducah, KY. It will be open until 6 p.m., CST, tonight, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., CST, on Sunday, December 12. This McCracken County dropoff center may be extended into next week if needed.

Volunteers this time the response effort has sufficient volunteers. However, in the coming weeks volunteers will be needed to assist individual home and business owners with cleanup efforts. A phone number for volunteer groups and a sign-up process will be developed in the coming week to assign volunteers as needed.

TransportationKentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) District 1 crews from Ballard, McCracken, Crittenden, and Livingston counties are on-site assisting the Graves County Highway Maintenance Crew with efforts to clear as many city streets and county roads as possible over the next week. They will be working closely with local utility personnel to assure the safety of crews and the public when power lines are encountered. Initially, crews will only remove material along the roadway and sidewalks. Removal of debris from private property will wait until later. Efforts are now focused on clearing streets to facilitate a damage assessment survey.

UtilitiesWest KY RECC reports of their 30,000 members, approximately 28,000 are without electrical service. An initial assessment indicates more than 150 utility poles are damaged or destroyed. Nine of the system’s 13 sub-stations are damaged or otherwise not energized. Mayfield Electric and Water have similar issues. Crews from across the country are en route to assist with restoring power – an effort that could take a week or more to complete. WKRECC crews and emergency response crews will be assisting Mayfield Electric & Water on Monday.

Outside Assistance50 National Guard members are on-site to assist law enforcement with security functions. There is a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew for Mayfield and parts of Graves County impacted by the tornado.

Use of GeneratorsHomeowners using generators should be aware of the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep generators away from windows and doors. Use caution when fueling to avoid the opportunity for fire. Use caution to prevent generators from back feeding along power lines. Homeowners should also be aware of the hazards associated with the use of unvented space heaters.

Additional AssistanceCounseling teams will be available for families of victims and those who are in need of trauma counseling due to their experiences during the tornado.  A mechanism for contacting the teams is being developed. The Regional EOC anticipates an update sometime Sunday.###The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Kentucky State Police are assisting the Regional EOC by providing communication services.

To get traffic advisories and alerts for KYTC District 1 counties via email please go to https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/KYTC/signup/13651 and click on the District 1 counties you regularly drive through, or for any of the specialty corridors you travel.  Be sure to check your SPAM filtering to assure Gov Delivery is on your approved list.

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KYTC Highway District 1 are available by going to www.facebook.com/kytcdistrict1. You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

Navigate traffic at goky.ky.gov, at waze.com, or with the WAZE App.

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