FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) - Kentucky is sending more assistance to areas of the East Coast expected to be affected by Hurricane Florence in the coming days.
On Wednesday, Kentucky Emergency Management sent two Swiftwater Search and Rescue Teams, made up of members of the Louisville Fire Department and Jefferson County Water Rescue Team.
On Tuesday, emergency management officials received a request from North Carolina asking for SAR Swiftwater assistance to support existing emergency personnel. The requests are coordinated and authorized through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.
That agreement establishes a firm legal foundation for sharing resources between states, solving issues of liability and responsibilities of cost and allows for credentials, licenses, and certifications to be honored across state lines. It also allows for reimbursement of expenses through federal grant programs.
Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief workers are preparing to respond to the needs of the residents of the Carolinas, where Florence is expected to make landfall later this week, and the American Red Cross in Kentucky is also sending five disaster workers to assist aid in recovery efforts.
In addition to the state sending assistance to areas expected to be ravaged by the hurricane, forecast to be one of the strongest to hit the Carolinas and Mid-Atlantic states in many years, Kentucky is also gearing up to serve as a refuge.
V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft based at the U. S. Marine Corps Air Station New River, near Jacksonville, North Carolina, have been deployed to Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport to ride out the storm.
Media reports say 61 residents of a nursing home in Norfolk, Virginia have been bused to a facility owned by the sane company in Lexington.
For those who were able to leave areas threatened by Florence on their own, Kentucky State Parks are offering discounted rates at lodge rooms across the state, which will remain in effect through Sept. 30. A driver’s license from one of the affected states must be presented at check-in to qualify.