Sep 03


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Jun 30

Fireworks Safety

The Fourth of July holiday is quickly approaching. With warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

If not handled properly, fireworks can cause burn and eye injuries in kids and adults. In the recent years, six deaths were linked to fireworks and hospital emergency departments treated 9,300 fireworks injuries.

 The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period.

¬       Attend public fireworks displays, and leave the lighting to the professionals.

¬       Lighting fireworks at home isn’t even legal in many areas, so if you still want to use them, be sure to check with your local police department first. If they’re legal where you live, keep these safety tips in mind:

¬     Kids should never play with fireworks. Things like firecrackers, rockets, and sparklers are just too dangerous. If you give kids sparklers, make sure they keep them outside and away from the face, clothing, and hair. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.

¬       Buy only legal fireworks (legal fireworks have a label with the manufacturer’s name and directions; illegal ones are unlabeled), and store them in a cool, dry place. Illegal fireworks usually go by the names M-80, M100, blockbuster, or quarterpounder. These explosives were banned in 1966, but still account for many fireworks injuries.

¬       Never try to make your own fireworks.

¬      Always use fireworks outside and have a bucket of water and a hose nearby in case of accidents.

¬       Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.

¬       Don’t hold fireworks in your hand or have any part of your body over them while lighting. Wear some sort of eye protection, and avoid carrying fireworks in your pocket — the friction could set them off.

¬      Point fireworks away from homes, and keep away from brush and leaves and flammable substances. Local fire departments respond to more 50,000 fires caused by fireworks each year.

¬       Light one firework at a time (not in glass or metal containers), and never relight a dud.

¬       Don’t allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.

¬       Soak all fireworks in a bucket of water before throwing them in the trash can.

¬       Think about your pet or nearby animals. Animals have sensitive ears and can be extremely frightened or stressed on the Fourth of July. Keep pets indoors to        reduce the risk that they’ll run loose or get injured.

¬       If a child is injured by fireworks, immediately go to a doctor or hospital. If an eye injury occurs, don’t allow your child to touch or rub it, as this may cause even more damage. Also, don’t flush the eye out with water or attempt to put any ointment on it. Instead, cut out the bottom of a paper cup, place it around the eye, and immediately seek medical attention — your child’s eyesight may depend on it. If it’s a burn, remove clothing from the burned area and run cool, not cold, water over the burn (do not use ice). Call your doctor immediately.

 Fireworks are meant to be enjoyed, but you’ll enjoy them much more knowing your family is safe. Take extra precautions this Fourth of July and your holiday will be a blast!

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Apr 28

FEMA Individual Assistance

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Mar 22

Kentucky Division of Water Permits

Estill County has been notified by the Kentucky Division of Water that residents and businesses in Estill County who live in the 1% flood plain must receive a county and state permit before repairing their homes or businesses. County permits will be issued at no cost to the residents and businesses. Estill County will not delay the rebuilding process or stand in the way of those attempting to recover from this terrible disaster, however, state law mandates that the county must issue these permits or potentially face civil and/or criminal penalties. When we issue county permits we will provide contact information and application materials for the state process.

State permits must be requested through the Kentucky Division of Water. Failure to request a permit through the state could result in delay or denial of funds from FEMA if you are eligible and could result in civil and criminal penalties assessed by the Kentucky Division of Water. Once a permit has been requested state officials may inspect the damage and potential repairs.

Residents and businesses of the City of Ravenna or City of Irvine should contact their city government to obtain a local permit.

We would like to let everyone know that we are doing everything we can to help this community heal from this terrible event. We cannot control the state’s response to this event but we want to make sure that everyone is aware of the process and has the best chance of receiving assistance while avoiding any possible penalties from the state.

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Mar 04

Damage Assessment

If you received damage to your home during the flood please fill out this form. We are getting ready to begin damage assessments. If you are starting clean-up document everything with pictures/video and keep all receipts used for clean-up.

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Mar 04

Supplies needed for clean-up


  • Air freshener
  • Bleach
  • 5-gallon bucket with lid
  • House hold cleaner
  • Clothesline 100ft and clothes pins
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Dish soap
  • Latex gloves
  • Work gloves
  • Scouring pads
  • Scrub brushes
  • Sponges
  • Towels
  • Heavy duty trash bags
  • Tarps
  • Shop-vac
  • Shop brooms/squeegees


  • Hammers and nails
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wrenches
  • Rope
  • Tools for removing drywall

First Aid Kit

  • Tylenol/Ibuprofen
  • Band-Aids all sizes
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Antibiotic wipes


  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Jerky
  • Canned foods
  • Peanut butter
  • Trail mix
  • Pasta
  • Baby formula/food
  • Hard candy
  • Pet food

Food Storage and preparations supplies

  • Manual can openers
  • Metal pans and cooking utensils
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • Paper towels
  • Paper plates
  • Food storage bags

Personal Hygiene

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Bath towels

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Feb 28


This will be a list of road closures during this flooding event. Please let us know if your road is flooded and not on the list.

DO NOT drive in flood waters!!


Dark Hollow

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Feb 28


The Flood Warning is now in effect until late Wednesday Evening...

The Flood Warning continues for
  the Kentucky River near Ravenna.
* Until Wednesday evening.
* At 5:15 AM EST Sunday the stage was 21.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 21.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and moderate flooding is forecast.
* Forecast...The river is expected to rise to a crest of 30.7 feet
  Monday evening. It will then fall below flood stage Wednesday
* Impact...At 31.0 feet, Major flooding occurs.
* Flood History...This crest compares to a previous crest of 30.2
  feet on 02/07/2004.

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Sep 03

Estill County Judge Executive Orders COVID-19

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Sep 03

September is National Preparedness Month

The month of September has been designated as Preparedness Month. Take the time this month to design, update or review your family plans. Every home needs a family plan. This plan includes; What to do in case of a fire, earthquake, tornado, an accident/incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot or other emergency situations that may arise.

Disasters happen quickly and without warning most of the time. The month of September is a time of reflection of how quickly things can change and the importance of being prepared for the unexpected. As we remember all those lost on September 11, 2001 and the many lives thereafter of our first responders and military personnel take the time to make a family plan. Take the time to prepare, so that you can help protect your family should the unexpected happen.

Why prepare? There are real benefits to being prepared; people can reduce the impact of disasters and sometimes avoid the danger completely. Being prepared can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that accompany disasters. You should know what to do in the event of a fire, tornado, earthquake or an accident at the Blue Grass Army Depot.

The need to prepare is real. Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year and each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property. You need to be able to care for yourself and your family for at least three days. This means providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation. If a disaster should occur emergency personnel will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.

To be prepared for all disasters you need a Family Disaster Plan and Disaster Supply Kit. A Family Disaster Plan consists of phone numbers to reach family members and plans on what you will do during a fire, tornado, earthquake, or an accident or incident at the Blue Grass Army Depot. A Disaster Supply Kit consists of canned food, water, clothes, radio, flashlight, medications and anything else you think is necessary for your family during a disaster. Store all these items in a box labeled Disaster Kit in a place such as a coat closet or anywhere you can get to it quickly if needed.

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May 27

Summer Safety


  • Never leave a child unattended near water in a pool, tub, bucket or ocean.  There is no substitute for adult supervision.
  • Designate a “Water Watcher” to maintain constant watch over children in the pool during gatherings.
  • Keep a phone at poolside so that you never have to leave the pool to answer the phone, and can call for help if needed.
  • Learn CPR and rescue breathing.
  • If a child is missing, always check the pool first.  Seconds count.



  • Check your boat for all required safety equipment.
  • Consider the size of your boat, the number of passengers and the amount of extra equipment that will be on-board. DON’T OVERLOAD THE BOAT!
  • If you will be in a power boat, check your electrical system and fuel system for gas fumes.
  • Check the weather forecast.
  • File a float plan with a member of your family or friend.


  • Don’t use scented soaps, perfumes or hair sprays on your child.
  • Avoid areas where insects nest or congregate, such as stagnant pools of water, uncovered foods and gardens where flowers are in bloom.
  • Avoid dressing your child in clothing with bright colors or flowery prints.
  • To remove a visible stinger from skin, gently back it out by scraping it with a credit card or your fingernail.
  • Combination sunscreen/insect repellent products should be avoided because sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours, but the               insect repellent should not be reapplied.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET when needed to prevent insect-related diseases. Ticks can transmit Lyme Disease, and mosquitoes       can transmit West Nile Virus and other viruses.
  • The current AAP and CDC recommendation for children older than 2 months of age is to use 10% to 30% DEET. DEET should not be used on     children younger than 2 months of age.
  • As an alternative to DEET, picaridin has become available in the U.S. in concentrations of 5% to10%.


  • The playground should have safety-tested mats or loose-fill materials (shredded rubber, sand, wood chips, or bark) maintained to a depth of       at least 9 inches (6 inches for shredded rubber).
  • Equipment should be carefully maintained.
  • Metal, rubber and plastic products can get very hot in the summer, especially under direct sun.     Make sure slides are cool to prevent                     children’s legs from getting burned.
  •  Do not allow children to play barefoot on the playground.
  • Parents should supervise children on play equipment to make sure they are safe.


  • Always lock your car and ensure children do not have access to keys or remote entry devices.  IF A CHILD IS MISSING, ALWAYS CHECK THE POOL FIRST, AND THEN THE CAR, INCLUDING THE TRUNK. Teach your children that vehicles are never to be used as a play area.
  • Make “look before you leave” a routine whenever you get out of the car.
  • On a summer day it only takes minutes for your car to reach fatal temperatures inside; cracking the windows has little effect on the temperatures.

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