Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Freezing rain continued piling up, shellacking Kentucky in heavy ice. The added weight snapped trees and knocked down power lines. Over 600,000 homes and businesses went dark in what would be the worst power outage in state history. Many Kentuckians went without power for 10 days. An estimated 55 lost their lives. All 4,600 of the stateʼs National Guard were enlisted to aid in clean up efforts.
Common Hazards in this State

If a disaster or emergency strikes, do you know what to do? By taking a few simple steps, you can protect your family in any disaster - natural or man-made. That is why the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security encourages you to "Avoid Hitting the Panic Button: Protect Your Family" by visiting or by calling (502) 564-2081 for more information.

State Information

Kentucky Department of Homeland Security
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
(502) 564.2081
(502) 564.7764 fax

Kentucky Emergency Management
100 Minuteman Parkway
Frankfort, KY 40601
Duty Officer: (502) 607-1638
(800) 255-2587

Local Information

Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Emergency Management Agency
Mayor's Office
Metro Hall / 4th Floor
527 W. Jefferson St.
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 574-3900

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Division of Emergency Management/911
Department of Public Safety
166 N. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 258-3784
(859) 252-8689 fax

Citizen Corps

Get Involved in Preparing your Community. Citizen Corps, Homeland Security's grassroots effort, localizes preparedness messages and provides opportunities for citizens to get emergency response training; participate in community exercises; and volunteer to support local first responders. To learn more and to get involved, contact your nearest Citizen Corps Council by visiting

Kentucky Citizen Corps Working Group
200 Mero Street
Frankfort, KY 40622
(502) 564-2081

Northern Kentucky Citizen Corps Council

Last Updated: 08/20/2019