Eastern Kentucky Counties Prepare For Severe Weather Threat

CATLETTSBURG, Ky. (WSAZ) -- In Catlettsburg, there are close to 20 cots already in place, in case severe weather forces people out of their homes.

"We believe it's better to be ready for the worst and not have anything happen than not to be prepared at all and be lost," said Amber Holley, the deputy director of Boyd County's Emergency Management Office. "We just want people to be prepared."

The American Red Cross Chapter in Boyd County also oversees five eastern Kentucky counties. Vicki James says she's been on the phone will all of them to let authorities know what's on hand, in case it's needed quickly.

"We've got cots, blankets and comfort kits" James said. "We've also got three disaster shelter kits up and ready to go if needed."

The goal is to be better safe than sorry. Chauncey Harper knows all about that. Last year, the derecho that blew through and knocked out power for days taught her family a valuable lesson.

"We always felt sheltered with the hills and things like that," Harper said. "But we're not so sheltered from all that. It lulls you into a false sense of security."

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