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City Prepared for Winter Emergency Response

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January 11, 2018 – Mayor Carter Hendricks reassures the public that Hopkinsville personnel are ready and mobilizing in preparation for forecasted winter weather beginning tomorrow into Saturday.  "In light of significant freezing rain, ice, and snow accumulation expected to impact our region, we are taking proactive measures to be ready," said Mayor Hendricks. 

Forecasts & Travel Advisories

National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for our area. Freezing rain is expected to start at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning and predicting a quarter inch of ice and changing over to snow by 11:00 a.m.  Based on predictions, 1 to 3 inches of snow are expected.

With the current forecast in mind, the city urges residents to use extreme caution and discretion while traveling.  Keep in mind that ice, snow, and related low temperatures can make travel more dangerous; therefore, motorists are reminded to increase stopping distances and to allow more time to reach their destinations.  Whenever travel is not necessary, motorists are encouraged to stay home.

Emergency Snow Removal Procedures

  • Since this event will be starting with rain, pre-treating will not be effective.
  • Public Works will have crews coming in at 4:00 a.m. Friday morning and will start treating streets when the rain starts to change over to freezing rain.
  • Priority routes will be treated first and then secondary routes.
  • Public Works will be running two 12-hour shifts to make sure the streets are being treated and plowed throughout the duration of the winter storm.

Available Shelter/Warming Stations

Those needing emergency accommodations or warming stations are encouraged to contact the following organizations:

Salvation Army                       Micah Mission Center             Coffee Connection     Police Department

304 East 7th St.                       209 South Main St.                 910 S Main St.            101 N. Main St.

(270) 885-6006, Shelter          (270) 559-9511                       (931) 216-1169           (270) 890-1300

(270) 885-9633, Office

For people looking to get out of the extreme cold during the day, the lobby of the Salvation Army is open as well as Micah Mission and Coffee Connection.  For after-hours or overflowassistance, the public is invited to check with the Salvation Army for emergency shelteror make use of a warming station in the lobby of Hopkinsville Police Department.

Public Preparation

The public is also encouraged to proactively prepare for severe weather by taking the following steps:

·         Staying informed.  Be aware of changing weather conditions and plan ahead. Have a battery-powered radio with a weather band, so you can hear emergency information when the power is out.

·         Making a plan.  Discuss and document an emergency plan with those in your care. Develop an emergency plan that includes alternative arrangements should the need arise to leave your home. Make provisions for special needs of any family member such as the elderly, disabled, medically affected or infants.

·         Making a list of emergency phone numbers and keep a personal telephone book and one corded phone or a cell phone on hand.

·         Maintaining an emergency supply kit.  Keep enough emergency supplies on hand for you and those in your care. Remember supplies for children, those with special needs and pets. Keep the following items readily available:

  • Flashlights – not candles
  • Fresh batteries
  • Battery-operated clock radio
  • Fully charged cell phone and/or corded landline telephone
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Water – one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking and sanitation
  • First aid kit
  • Blankets

Additional winter weather preparedness information and resources are available at www.hoptown.org/winter. For additional information about the city’s emergency response, please call (270) 890-0200.

Other Potential Closures/Delays

At this time if inclement weather occurs, Hopkinsville Transit officials anticipate service will operate on a two to three-hour delay.  The public is encouraged to stay tuned to local media stations or to contact the Dispatch Office at (270) 890-6055 for further updates.

If needed, notice regarding the potential cancellation of city meetings or shortening of city office hours will be communicated to the public by way of local media outlets.