By John L. Ross
Residents of the Tri-County area are no strangers to the forces of nature which often ravage this region.
From extreme winter weather, to raging brushfires, to heavy flooding, to landslides, to tornado activity — emergency services personnel often have their hands full handling disasters throughout this mountainous terrain.
And when disaster hits home — often members of the Red Cross are on stand-by to help.
Today is the first day of American Red Cross month nationwide.
Following suit with President Barack Obama, Whitley County Fiscal Court Judge/Executive Pat White Jr. signed a proclamation Thursday declaring March as American Red Cross Month.
When a weather event or other natural disaster makes national headlines, the Red Cross is often discussed in many of these reports.
Where the Red Cross is not often heard about is localized disaster situations, including house fires. During the proclamation signing Thursday, Emergency Management Director Danny Moses said he often helps several Whitley County citizens get Red Cross assistance during localized emergencies, like flooding or house fires.
The proclamation states: “In Whitley County, the Red Cross works tirelessly through its employees and volunteers to help when disaster strikes. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families, and provides training in CPR, aquatics safety and first aid.”
And with the upcoming spring season, all types of varying weather conditions could plague this region.
Sunday launches Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 3-9, and this year the focus is “Be a Force of Nature.”
According to the American Red Cross website, the National Severe Weather Preparedness Week is a time set aside by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) to emphasize the need for individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits to get prepared and know what to do before severe weather strikes.
For more information about disaster preparedness, classes, or other Red Cross information, contact the Bluegrass Region’s Southeastern Kentucky Chapter of the Red Cross in London at (606) 878-6333.
By John L. Ross
I-75 crash near the Tennessee state line early Tuesday morning.
Two sent to hospital after six-vehicle crash
Two drivers were sent to the hospital after a six-vehicle crash Tuesday morning on I-75.
- Two sent to hospital after six-vehicle crash
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Hospital taxing district public hearing Friday
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Inmates charged for drugs
Drug charges came to 21 inmates at the Whitley County Detention Center this week after a week-long investigation by the detention center and the Williamsburg Police Department.
Whitley Fiscal Court passes its budget
The second reading of the ordinance for the Whitley County Fiscal Court’s budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year was unanimously passed during the court’s regular session Tuesday evening.
- Man indicted for detention center escape
- Hospital taxing district public hearing Friday
- Local Sports
North Laurel's Marcus Carson has been named Baseball Player of the Year.
Thank you to Corbin Motorsports
As executive director of the London-Laurel County Tourist Commission, I want to take this opportunity to publicly thank Mr. Tony Nestor and Corbin Motorsports for the use of two beautiful Polaris RTVs during the recent Archery Shooters Association PRO/AM Archery Tournament.
- Thank you to Corbin Motorsports
Make-A-Wish gives family a much-needed vacation
Dustin and Mary Phillips of Stanford can hardly remember life before son Gage’s birth almost five years ago.
- Make-A-Wish gives family a much-needed vacation
Thursday Night Life is back
Dust off your lawn chairs and put on your listening ears for this year’s Thursday Night Live concert series.
- Thursday Night Life is back