Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear opened a new emergency operations center Monday that has been built to withstand any weather catastrophes that hit the state, including winds of up to 250 mph.
Beshear says the $11.8 million facility in Frankfort will be a lifeline to all of Kentucky's 120 counties in times of trouble.
Kentucky has dealt with a series of natural disasters in recent years, including tornadoes, floods and ice storms that have resulted in federal emergency declarations.
Nearly $10 million of the center’s funding came from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Kentucky Department of Military Affairs and the Office of Homeland Security covered the rest.