Everyone should be aware of their local emergency notification systems. Did you know Lexington has a radio station with public safety information? We also have 27 sirens located in parks, UK campus, Keeneland, and downtown for notifying people who are outdoors during severe weather. We encourage people who are indoors to have a working NOAA all-hazards weather radio in their home and another in their workplace for severe weather notifications.
Radio and television stations will have essential information about an emergency. The primary emergency notification system radio station in central Kentucky is WUKY-FM. Other radio stations may have severe weather and emergency information as well. The Division of Emergency Management operates a travelers information radio station at 1620 AM and it broadcasts weather and emergency information when necessary. All four Lexington television stations provide current weather and emergency information as well as GTV3. Local websites – including the DEM website at www.BeReadyLexington.com – as well as Twitter and Facebook have information available on emergencies and emergency preparedness. (more)
During an emergency, citizens should have an emergency kit on hand that has enough supplies to sustain family members for three days. This includes a first aid kit, battery operated radio, food and water. More information about putting together a family emergency kit is available here.
Discuss, agree on and document an emergency plan with family members and those in your care. Designate an out-of-town relative or friend as an emergency contact. During an emergency, long distance calls can be easier to make than local calls. If you have a cell phone, program a phone number with the name of ICE or In Case of Emergency. Police, fire and other first responders will look for an ICE number on a person’s cell phone if a person is unresponsive or unable to talk. (more)
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A NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio Saves Lives
The Lexington Division of Emergency Management encourages all Lexington residents to have a working NOAA weather radio in their homes and work places. Newer weather radios use SAME technology which makes sure the radios tone alert sounds ONLY when there is a Lexington-based weather watch, warning or emergency message (more)
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