Monday, 07 29, 2013
Gil Lawson, 502-564-4270, ext 168 or
Tony Edwards, National Weather Service, 606-666-2560, ext 726
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Representatives of the National Weather Service and Kentucky State Parks announced today that three more state parks – Paintsville Lake, Carr Creek and Yatesville Lake – have been designated as StormReady® supporters.
The designation means that the parks are better prepared and have safety measures in place for severe weather.
“The Kentucky State Parks believe safety is very important for our guests and employees,” said Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker. “We’ll continue working to get more parks designated with the help of the National Weather Service.”
The certificates for the three parks were presented during a ceremony today at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park.
The three designations mean that 16 Kentucky State Parks have been designated as StormReady®. All eligible parks in eastern Kentucky have received the designation. The designation is for any park that has overnight accommodations such as a lodge or campground.
To become a StormReady® State Park, National Weather Service and Kentucky State Park officials develop a severe weather safety plan specifically tailored to each park. Park personnel are educated about the weather hazards they may face and how to respond in the event of a weather emergency.
Storm shelters are identified and procedures are implemented which allow severe weather alerts and information to be passed along to park patrons and staff in a timely manner.
For a complete listing of StormReady® State Parks in Kentucky please go to http://go.usa.gov/j4dC.
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