Dec 13

Information for KY Counties Impacted by Tornado Outbreak

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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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Oct 04

Halloween Safety Guide – Halloween Safety Tips for Kids

Kids love Halloween! They get to dress up and get free candy! What a perfect holiday! Give your kids some precious Halloween memories that they’ll have for life. Trick or treating isn’t what it used to be. It’s not as safe to let kids walk the streets alone. Send a responsible adult or older teenager with them. Have a pumpkin carving party for your children and their friends a couple nights before Halloween. They’ll enjoy looking at their creations for a few days before they have to be thrown out. Check your local grocery store or craft store for Halloween cookbooks full of tasty treats on a horror theme for both kids and adults.  Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won’t be tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check.



Anytime a child has an accident, it’s tragic. The last thing that you want to happen is for your child to be hurt on a holiday, it would forever live in the minds of the child and the family. There are many ways to keep your child safe at Halloween, when they are more prone to accidents and injuries. The excitement of children and adults at this time of year sometimes makes them forget to be careful. Simple common sense can do a lot to stop any tragedies from happening.


!        Help your child pick out or make a costume that will be safe. Make it fire proof; the eyeholes should be large enough for good peripheral vision.


!        If you set jack-o-lanterns on your porch with candles in them, make sure that they are far enough out of the way so that kids’ costumes won’t accidentally be set on fire.


!        Make sure that if your child is carrying a prop, such as a plastic or rubber scythe, butcher knife or a pitchfork, that the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on.


!        Kids always want to help with the pumpkin carving. Small children shouldn’t be allowed to use a sharp knife to cut the top or the face. There are many kits available that come with tiny saws that work better then knives and are safer, although they can cut you as well. It’s best to let the kids clean out the pumpkin and draw a face on it, which you can carve for them.

!        Treating your kids to a spooky Halloween dinner will make them less likely to eat the candy they collect before you have a chance to check it for them.


!        Teaching your kids basic everyday safety such as not getting into cars or talking to strangers, watching both ways before crossing streets and crossing when the lights tell you to, will help make them safer when they are out Trick or Treating.


Make Halloween a fun, safe and happy time for your kids and they’ll carry on the tradition that you taught them to their own families some day!


For more information contact the Estill County EMA/CSEPP office at (606) 723-6533.

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Oct 04

Home Heating Safety

If you use gas or propane you need to know:

How to recognize a natural gas or propane gas leak in your home; if you detect a foul odor in you home or in the service line, leave the area immediately and call your local gas company.

How to recognize a gas pipeline leak; look and listen. Look for dirt blowing into the air, for water bubbling from the ground, for fire coming from the ground, dead or dying vegetation on or near a pipeline right of way in an otherwise green area, or for a dry spot in a moist field. Listen for a roaring, blowing, or hissing sound.

What to do if you suspect a gas pipeline leak; turn off and abandon any motorized equipment, leave the area immediately, warn others to stay away, and from a safe place call local emergency personnel and the pipeline operator.

What NOT TO DO; DO NOT use open flames or bring anything into the area that may spark the gas leak (telephones, flashlights, motor vehicles, electric or battery-operated tools, etc.). DO NOT attempt to operate pipeline valves.

In a natural gas emergency or suspected natural gas emergency call 911 and the gas line company. For a natural gas emergency involving Columbia Gas of Kentucky, call their toll free number 1-800-432-9515. For those residents that use propane gas from Hardy Propane Gas Company call 723-2496.

If you use a fireplace or wood stove you should know:

Have your chimney inspected by a professional prior to the start of every heating season. Creosote, a chemical substance that forms when wood burns, builds up in chimneys and can cause a chimney fire if the chimney is not properly cleaned. Always protect your family and home by using a sturdy screen when burning fires. Remember to burn only wood–never burn paper or pine boughs, which can float out of the chimney and ignite a neighboring home. Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace. For wood stoves, chimney connections and chimney flues should be inspected at the beginning of each heating season and cleaned if necessary. Burn only wood, and be sure the wood stove is placed on an approved stove board to protect the floor from heat and hot coals.

If you use electric or kerosene heaters you should know:

Buy only electric heaters with the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) safety listing. Check to make sure it has a thermostat control mechanism, and will switch off automatically if the heater falls over. Heaters are not dryers or tables; don’t dry clothes or store objects on top of your heater. Space heaters need space; keep combustibles at least three feet away from each heater. Always unplug your electric space heater when not in use.

Buy only UL-approved kerosene heaters and check with your local fire department on the legality of kerosene heater use in your community. Never fill your heater with gasoline or camp stove fuel; both flare-up easily. Only use crystal clear K-1 kerosene. Never overfill any portable heater. Use the kerosene heater in a well ventilated room.

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Oct 04

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The Estill County EMA/CSEPP office wants you know that carbon monoxide poisoning is a silent, deadly killer claiming about 1,000 lives each year in the United States. Such common items as automotive exhaust, home heating systems and obstructed chimneys can produce the colorless, odorless gas.

The gas can also be produced by poorly vented generators, kerosene heaters, gas grills and other items used for cooking and heating when used improperly during the winter months.

1. NEVER run generators indoors. Open a window slightly when using a

kerosene heater.

2. NEVER use charcoal to cook indoors.

3. NEVER use a gas oven to heat your home.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include sleepiness, headaches and


If you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning, ventilate the area and get to a hospital. You can purchase carbon monoxide detectors that work like smoke detectors at most retail and hardware stores.

For more information contact the Estill County EMA/CSEPP office at 723-6533.

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Oct 04

Dangers of Alternative Heating Sources

Dangers of Alternative Heating Sources

Alternative power sources such as generators and kerosene heaters are commonly used during electrical power outages or for added heat source during extreme cold weather. Improper usage of these devices can cause carbon monoxide to build up in homes or garages, resulting in sudden illness and death.

Seek medical attention if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning and are experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Early symptoms include headache, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion. Individuals who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol may die from carbon monoxide poisoning before ever experiencing symptoms. It is important to have a carbon monoxide detector in your home just like smoke detectors. You can purchase ones separately or there are carbon/smoke combination detectors; all can be purchased at any hardware store.

 Safety Steps to Take When Using Portable Generators

  • Properly follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully for your specific generator model.
  • Never operate a generator inside a home, garage or partially enclosed space, even if doors and windows are open.
  • Operate a generator at least 25 feet from your home, far away from windows, doors and vents.
  • Secure the generator with a steel link chain and lock to prevent theft.
  • Make sure your generator is properly grounded. Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to help prevent electrocution and electrical shock injuries. Do not overload the generator.
  • Use a heavy-duty outdoor-rated extension cord that is free of cuts or tears and has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors in your home according to the manufacturer’s instructions and replace the batteries on a regular basis. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and dial 911.

 Tips on Proper Kerosene Heater Use

  • Properly follow manufacturer’s instructions carefully for your specific heater model.
  • Be sure that wick is set at proper level as instructed by manufacturer and is clean.
  • Operate a kerosene heater in a well-vented area. Leave a door open to rest of the house or keep an outside window open to ensure adequate flow of fresh air.
  • Install battery-operated carbon monoxide detectors in your home according to the manufacturer’s instructions and replace the batteries on a regular basis. If the detector sounds, leave your home immediately and dial 911.
  • Use only 1-K grade kerosene fuel. Colored or cloudy kerosene will give out an odor and smoke when burned and will also gum up the wick.
  • Store kerosene in container intended for kerosene only. Don’t store in a gasoline can or container that contained gasoline. This will avoid using contaminated fuel or the wrong fuel by mistake. Kerosene containers are usually blue and gasoline containers are red.
  • Never refuel heaters inside the home. Fill the tank outdoors, away from combustible materials and after the heater is turned off and allowed to cool. Do not fill the fuel tank above the “full” mark. This area allows the fuel to expand without causing leakage when the heater is operated.
  • Never attempt to move a lighted kerosene heater. Even a carrying handle could cause burns.
  • To avoid risk of fire, place the kerosene heater several feet away from all furniture, curtains, paper, clothes, bedding and other combustible materials.
  • Infants, small children and pets should be kept away from heaters to avoid serious burns.


For more information please contact the Estill County EMA/CSEPP office at 723-6533.

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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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