Visitors to Kentucky’s state parks can feel safe when bad weather approaches, that is the message state officials are conveying in wake of a recognition event Thursday. The Kentucky State Parks were recognized for working with the National Weather Service to achieve “StormReady” supporter status to keep guests and employees safe when bad weather occurs. Some 34 state parks eligible for the “StormReady” designation have been approved, making Kentucky State Parks one of the first parks systems in the nation to do so.
To be eligible for the status, parks must have overnight accommodations such as a lodge, cottages or campground. “StormReady” signs have been placed at the 34 parks to assist guests. The parks also planned and coordinated their efforts with local emergency management agencies to make sure people are safe before and after severe weather occurs. The designated parks have the appropriate communications equipment and have identified safe places for people to go when bad weather is on the way. In addition, parks personnel have completed necessary training.
Employees at the parks have been trained to contact guests in the lodges and ask them to move to a safe place such as the lodge basement when dangerous weather is approaching. Campground hosts have equipment to alert campers of severe weather and will ask them to move to safe places such as restrooms in the campground. Signs identify buildings that have been designated as storm shelters.