Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Friday afternoon, according to a news release from the governor’s office.
The move came at 1:30 p.m., and in effect, provides local officials with immediate access to state resources for public safety and assistance after the state was pummeled by a winter storm.
“My primary concern is safety,” Bevin stated, according to the news release. “By declaring a state of emergency, we are giving emergency management the options they need to proactively respond to local needs. I think all of the officials working hard to keep people safe and commerce flowing. We urge all citizens to remain at home and stay off the roads, allowing emergency services the opportunity to keep the roadways safe.”