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January 7, 2018

 

Editorial...

Dozens of families in the cold with no power and no water!

 

With all the messages on social media about people in Lawrence and Martin Counties without power and/or water it seems to us that the local EMS and/or the county governments need to set up a temporary shelter for those affected by the extremely frigid weather.

Another storm is headed our way loaded with ice and snow. If you have never been without power and water for an extended time, you don't really know how miserable it is.

There is no excuse for the lack of effort to get our people some refuge from the storm. The power companies should help fund shelters immediately and on every occasion in the future when the temperatures go below a certain level.

We are citizens and deserve proper services.

Granted, warmer weather is on the way in a few days but taxpayers in Lawrence, Martin, and Wayne Counties should have a safe place to go in case of these type situations, EVERY TIME, EVERY YEAR...

 

It's like we are from Puerto Rico or something!

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Here is what the Lawrence Co. EMS has on its website as far as weather emergency goes:

 

Lawrence County, KY EMA
8 hrs ·

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 2 PM EST
MONDAY... #KYWX

 

* WHAT...Mixed precipitation expected. The ice will result in
difficult travel conditions, including during the morning
commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations of up to one inch
and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of an inch are
expected.

* WHERE...Portions of southeast Ohio and northeast Kentucky.

* WHEN...From 4 AM to 2 PM EST Monday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Icy road conditions are likely even after
air temperatures rise above freezing on Monday due to the below
freezing road surfaces. Motorists can expect slick spots into
Monday afternoon, especially on roads left untreated.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or
freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for
slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while
driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling
from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

 

 

Comments  

-3 #12 Goodness 2018-01-09 16:31
Come on people. You might not agree with this article, but you don't have to be so hateful. Kinda ridiculous.
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+1 #11 RESIDENT 2018-01-08 16:50
Someone isn't very smart here!!!
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+7 #10 THINKER 2018-01-08 13:31
Quoting Editor:
Some of these comments make sense and others do not. I was mostly referring to Martin County where there was widespread freezing of water and downed power lines but there were some in Lawrence, too. As far as taking care of themselves, why do people pay taxes then? I was merely asking where people can go if they get in a hard spot through no fault of their own. I realize that many people do not like to go to a shelter and it is expensive but if you can't depend on the local govt. for help, why do we need it?

Mark


I for one like to stay at my home when the power goes off to try and keep all the water pipes from bursting by using my BACKUP heating such as a kerosene heater. No, it may not keep it cozy but at least they won't freeze up. Just because one of the utilities goes out doesn't mean it's an emergency and need to leave!! Also, most people in the area have family and friends that will gladly help by letting them borrow a heater or even let them use the extra bedrooms in their home. We help each other in this area un-like some other areas. Our emergency personnel do a fine job and have plans in place if needed!!
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+9 #9 rose 2018-01-08 08:12
no power or water out in martin county mark
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+6 #8 Jeremy 2018-01-08 03:07
Ahhh is this some of that “fake news” the President speaks of? Snowflakes don’t understand personal responsibility. Nothing wrong with helping the disabled or elderly who might not be able to help themselves but the rest should be able to work and plan for unexpected events like no power or water. How about get a wood stove and cut a little firewood for heat. Maybe get jugs of water to keep around just in case of no water. Remember folks, your lack of planning and preparation is your own fault. Do a little to help yourself.
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-13 #7 Editor 2018-01-07 23:34
Some of these comments make sense and others do not. I was mostly referring to Martin County where there was widespread freezing of water and downed power lines but there were some in Lawrence, too. As far as taking care of themselves, why do people pay taxes then? I was merely asking where people can go if they get in a hard spot through no fault of their own. I realize that many people do not like to go to a shelter and it is expensive but if you can't depend on the local govt. for help, why do we need it?

Mark
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+14 #6 Local 2018-01-07 22:43
Mark, you're pushing a non-issue. There ARE emergency shelters in place when there's a need for it. Read Mike Woods' post about it. https://www.facebook.com/lawrencecountykyem/posts/10155555537728037
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+19 #5 Michael Woods LCEMA 2018-01-07 20:54
I can't answer for the other counties but only for Lawrence County.
Any time we have a power outage when the temperature is below 40 degrees we try to make available at least a warming center. Additionally, whenever the temperature is above 80 and we have a power outage this applies.

During this recent cold snap we began on Dec. 24th planning for the need of warming centers or shelters if needed. On Dec. 28th I had my first request from a subject that might need a place to stay due to a loss of power. At that time the Lawrence County Community Center was made available but the subject didn't show up and after a few hours the center was closed with a status of re-opening as needed. On Jan. 2nd Sheriff Roberts had a subject come to the sheriff's office, the subjects heat was out and his water had frozen. I informed Sheriff Roberts to have the subject come go to the Community Center and I would meet him there and try to get him assistance. Since the subject didn't have a ride Sheriff Roberts gave him a ride to the center. I began coordinating with the Red Cross out of Ashland to get him assistance. When I arrived at the center the subject had left after waiting approximately 30 minutes. I drove around Louisa trying to locate him and contacted family but the subject never returned for assistance. Since Tuesday the 2nd we've had no one else needing a warming center. During my time as Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director I've opened warming centers, cooling centers and shelters multiple times and have only had a total of 5 people show up and stay approximately 4 total hours. I agree when there is a need we need to have them but we can't open and staff these when no one utilizes them. I try to monitor both power and water outages daily and I'm unaware of any during this time. I'm not saying the county hasn't experienced any but none that I've been made aware of. If anyone is ever in need of assistance they should call 911.

Thank you
Michael Woods
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+7 #4 Who? 2018-01-07 19:40
Who? And Why is anyone without water in 2017. I can understand if someone needs help because of things they can’t control. Responsible parents or people shouldn’t be without power or water, get a job or move to where the jobs are. The government gives poor people food stamps, help with power, water, kerosene, wood and coal. What more does anyone need or want? Question is why are these folks without? If you’re healthy and able to work then there’s absolutely no excuse for you. It’s like the 400 lb person at Walmart on the first of the month with 7 kids and 6 carts of junk food. Some people need help, but most are lazy and want a handout instead of a JOB.
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+14 #3 Louisa Resident 2018-01-07 18:49
Mark -

With all respect, have you done due diligence and contacted the EMS director before posting such an editorial that does nothing to promote good governance or relationships?

Just curious as I think I would like to see if they actually have a plan in place, since they are the experts, not you or I.

Thanks
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+11 #2 Not so fast 2018-01-07 18:46
First, the media doesn't obligate the private or public sector to provide services to those in need.

Second, I've heard nothing about anyone being without power in Lawrence County.

Third, there is something called individual responsibility that we need to remember - in the old days it was required to survive - that each person has some responsibility for their own well being as adults. We know winter comes each year - why not prepared? There are places individuals can go to get assistance when they are in need - it's difficult after the fact although its easy to blame the government for death when individuals don't take care of themselves, they build their homes in the flood plains, refuse to evacuate in fire or when severe weather is warned, etc.

Who is "we are the citizens". I don't seen any individuals coming forward who NEED services. Do you realize it costs money to operate facilities no one uses whey they may not be needed.

Here's what I'm saying in case you can't read the comment - stop creating a public panic. If the County feels that a shelter is necessary, they'll make the arrangements. I'm certain they have plans in the event of severe weather or power outages. Additionally, many churches would open immediately if a need exists, I'm aware that the church I attend would. Stop putting your hand-out wanting something and start using it to build something like good community relationships with the media, government, private businesses and individuals.
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+7 #1 Really 2018-01-07 17:53
You think the government should take care of you? Seems as tho people should learn to take care of themselves. That's why people are as weak as they are, always looking for someone else to take care of them. SMH
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