natural disasters

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

The recent 7.8 earthquake in Nepal was approximately the same size as the New Madrid earthquakes that struck this region in 1811-1812, according to Emergency Management expert Bill Call. If the same earthquake struck here today, he says, we'd be overwhelmed but the damage and loss of life wouldn't be as severe as it was in Nepal because the building codes are different and the area is less densely packed. He speaks with Kate Lochte on Sounds Good about our region's governmental preparedness for earthquake response.

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Eight Days of Hope is a rapid-response disaster team comprised of more than 3,000 volunteers across the country. They recently met in Buffalo, New York to assist with recovery after the November blizzard. They went to Tupelo, Mississippi to help after a tornado demolished the area. The organization is spinning off a new ministry in Hope Reigns, who is in Murray Saturday (Jan. 24) at Kroger to recruit volunteers. Ron Meloan and John Fuqua visit Sounds Good to tell Kate Lochte what the faith-based organization is all about and how you can get involved.

Are You Prepared for Emergency Situations?

Sep 26, 2014
CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response, Facebook

September is Emergency Preparedness Month, a time where one needs to think or rethink plans in the case of an emergency from smaller disasters like a house fire to a car wreck to larger emergencies like an earthquake or region-wide ice storm. Calloway County Director of Emergency Management Bill Call joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to reflect on preparedness at home.

Murray’s Fire Department starts a new program today making it easier to locate people in storm shelters after natural disasters.

Murray Fire Marshal Dickie Walls says emergency responders search all damaged structures after natural disasters, but storm shelters’ locations aren’t always obvious. 

Commission Adopts Hazard Mitigation Plan

Oct 10, 2012

Paducah City Commissioners adopted a new hazard mitigation plan Tuesday in order to receive funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The Commissioners and Mayor Pro Tem Gayle Kaler approved a municipal order for parts of the Purchase Region Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan applying to McCracken County. Jurisdictions covered by the plan must adopt it in order to receive FEMA funding.  The plan identifies potential hazards for our region such as tornados, severe thunderstorms, flooding and winter weather.