FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks will hold two special ceremonies July 9 to honor several parks that have earned the “StormReady” supporter designation from the National Weather Service.


To earn the StormReady designation, the parks developed a severe weather safety plan, trained staff members about weather hazards, identified storm shelters and developed procedures to make guests and employees aware of hazardous weather conditions.


The first ceremony will be July 9 at 9 a.m. at Cumberland Falls State Resort Park near Corbin. Cumberland Falls State Resort Park and Burnside Island State Park will be presented with certificates


The second ceremony on July 9 will be at 2 p.m. at Pine Mountain State Resort Park in Pineville. The parks receiving certificates will be Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Kingdom Come State Park and Levi Jackson State Park.


Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker, representatives of the National Weather Service and other park staff members will attend these ceremonies.


Beginning in 2010, Kentucky State Parks began earning the StormReady supporter designation, becoming the first state parks in the country to do so.


For more information about the StormReady program, visit www.weather.gov/stormready. For more information about Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov






The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 49 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov



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