Mar 02

Estill County Storms March 2 Afternoon Update

  • Residents without power 507
  • Shelter Open Estill Springs Elementary
  • A Donation Drop Off Center will open 10am-8pm at Christian Worship Center located at 105 Broadway St.
  • Items Requested:.
  1. Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper, soap, shampoo, deodorant)
  2. Cleaning supplies (gloves, Clorox, mops, brooms, rakes)
  3. Bottled Water
  4. Snack Foods (peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, pop tarts)
  5. Plastic totes for residents that have lost their homes to pack their belongings.
  • Please DO NOT bring clothing. Helping Hands Ministry has plenty of clothes if they are needed at this time.


We are beginning official damage assessments today. We will be staging clean-up crews tomorrow morning. We will have information this evening for anyone who wants to help with clean-up.

We ask that any Estill County resident that has damage to their property to please contact our office (723-6533) and let us know. We need to document everything.


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Mar 01

Estill County Storm Damage March 1, 2017

  • Estimating 20 houses destroyed
  • 75+ damaged
  • 2 injuries confirmed, non-life threatening
  • Estill County Schools Closed rest of this week
  • 726 residents without power.
  • Shelter Open Estill  Springs Elementary – currently 4 people staying overnight
  • A Donation Drop Off Center will open tomorrow 10am at Christian Worship Center located at 105 Broadway St.
  • Items Requested:.
  1. Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrushes, toilet paper)
  2. Cleaning supplies (gloves, Clorox, mops, brooms, rakes)
  3. Bottled Water
  4. Snack Foods (peanut butter crackers, cheese crackers, pop tarts)
  • Please DO NOT bring clothing. Helping Hands Ministry has plenty of clothes if they are needed at this time.


  • We will begin official damage assessments and clean-up tomorrow.

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Dec 20

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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Dec 20

Winter Weather Driving Tips

Most people are not formally trained on how to drive in hazardous weather conditions. Many people become very nervous and then confusion prevails. Here are some driving tips to help you steer clear of trouble when driving in heavy rain, sleet, snow or ice.

SLOW DOWN – It does not matter what type of vehicle you are driving, when driving in hazardous weather slowing down gives you a few more seconds to react when trouble occurs.

LOOK AHEAD – Watch ahead for possible trouble spots. Looking ahead gives you a few more seconds to react which can be the difference in almost being in an accident and actually having one.

WIPERS ON, LIGHTS ON – Whenever daytime visibility is less than ideal, turning on your lights allows you to see, and to be seen by others. Remember this rule of thumb: wipers on, lights on. Also remember cars equipped with daytime running lights still need to turn their lights on. Daytime running lights are only a low headlight, your tail lights are not on at all. When traveling in snowy weather, remember to clear tail lights, signal lights, and headlamps regularly.

DON’T OVER ESTIMATE – The capability of four-wheel-drive vehicles is greater than other vehicles, but not limitless. Many drivers mistakenly believe that four-wheel drive is all powerful. Every type of vehicle depends on four small contact patches where the tire meets the road for traction. This small contact area is the limiting factor of any vehicle on a slippery surface. Four-wheel drive does not improve braking or cornering effectiveness.

DON’T OVER REACT – Many people believe that quick reactions make a good driver. The world’s best drivers are trained to anticipate f problems early and direct the vehicle appropriately before they become involved in a problem. Reacting too quickly can be dangerous if the driver’s response is inappropriate.

KEEP MOMENTUM – Gain speed and momentum on the flat before starting uphill. When the car begins to slow down going up the hill, ease up on the accelerator, allow the car to slow down and crest the hill slowly. If you try and accelerate too hard and spin the wheels, you may lose momentum and not make the top. It’s better to make the top at a slower speed than to not make it at all.

MOST IMPORTANTLY – If you don’t have to go out don’t. It is always best to refrain from driving in hazardous weather. If it is absolutely necessary for you to leave try to wait until road crews have cleared the roads. Main roadways are usually cleared quickly, so you shouldn’t have to wait long. Remember just because the road has been cleared and salted doesn’t mean there are not still slick spots on the roadway.

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Dec 20

Home Heating Safety

As we begin to turn the heat up inside our homes we need to remember a few safety tips. We heat our homes in different ways, some of us use gas or propane, others use fireplaces or wood stoves and others use electric. No matter how you heat your home there are a few safety precautions you need to take.

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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Dec 20

Winter Weather Preparation

In major winter storms, preparation can be key to survival. Take some time to get ready before a storm strikes. At home, keep the following items available: flashlights and extra batteries, a portable AM/FM radio, extra food and water, extra medicine, and first aid supplies.Always maintain an adequate supply of heating fuel since fuel carriers may not be able to reach you after a major winter storm. If you have an emergency-heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater, make sure it is working properly and is properly ventilated.

Fully check and winterize your vehicle. Keep the following items in your vehicle: blankets, flashlight, high calorie non-perishable food, jumper cables, towrope, shovel, sack of sand, and windshield scraper. Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines. Check the latest weather reports before you travel. Try not to travel alone, and let someone know your timetable and primary and alternate routes.

Do not let winter weather catch you off guard. Monitor NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, and television for the latest winter weather watches, warnings, and advisories. Be prepared before a winter storm strikes, and stay safe this coming winter season.

Make preparations for this winter a top priority for you and your family. Being prepared can make all the difference. For more information contact the Estill County Emergency Management Agency (606) 723-6533.

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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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Jun 30

Sun Safety

The weather has been perfect and many of us have taken advantage of it by staying outdoors doing various activities. Many of people forget to use sunscreen until it’s too late and we start to feel the burn from the hot sun. Protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays is vital for a number of important health reasons. Here are the top ten steps you can take to protect your health:

  • When possible, avoid outdoor activities during the hours between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  • Always wear a broad-spectrum (protection against both UVA and UVB) sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
  • Be sure to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after swimming, perspiring heavily or drying off with a towel.
  • Wear a hat with a 4-inch brim all around because it protects areas often exposed to the sun, such as the neck, ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp.
  • Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. Long-sleeved shirts, long pants, or long skirts are the most protective. Dark colors provide more protection than light colors by preventing more UV rays from reaching your skin. A tightly woven fabric provides greater protection than loosely woven fabric.
  • To protect your eyes from sun damage, wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100-percent of UVA and UVB radiation.
  • Consider wearing cosmetics and lip protectors with an SPF of at least 15 to protect your skin year-round.
  • Swimmers should remember to regularly reapply sunscreen. UV rays reflect off water and sand, increasing the intensity of UV radiation.
  • Some medications, such as antibiotics, can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information about the medications you are taking.
  • Children need extra protection from the sun. One or two blistering sunburns before the age of 18 dramatically increases the risk of skin cancer. Encourage children to play in the shade, wear protective clothing and apply sunscreen regularly.

Have a safe and fun summer!

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Mar 12

More Testing to Take Place

Public Health Informational Release

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Mar 08

Water Sample Testing Report

16-02141 Report (Water Gross Alpha-Beta) 16-03016 Report (Water Speciation) 2016-1108 Eco Tech Blue Ridge Water Sample Summary 20160308 signed


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