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Kentucky Emergency Management is sending two Swiftwater Search and Rescue teams to North Carolina this afternoon to assist with relief for the impending Hurricane Florence.

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The Calloway County Office of Emergency Management is offering Community Emergency Response Team training to teach disaster preparedness and response. The eight-week course teaches fire safety, light search and rescue, first aid and emergency team organization.

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  Gov. Matt Bevin has signed the so-called “blue lives matter” bill into law. The legislation gives hate crimes protections to emergency responders and police officers.

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West Kentucky Community and Technical College is closing Wednesday for a full-scale mock crisis drill. 

Nineteen people have been rescued from a cave in south central Kentucky, officials say. Seventeen cavers and two police officers who tried to help them had been trapped by floodwaters in Hidden River Cave, WBKO reports.

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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.

Murray is undergoing city-wide disaster drills tomorrow to examine how local agencies respond to a significant earthquake event.

Western Kentucky lies just east of the New Madrid Seismic Zone which has produced over 4,000 recorded earthquakes. The fault is speculated to produce another large event sometime in the future. 

Trigg County officials cut the ribbon on a new and improved Emergency Operations Center at a ceremony in Cadiz Thursday.

The Jefferson Avenue facility will house a number of first response teams including 911 dispatch and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Henry County, Tenn. residents may receive a knock at the door on Thursday and Friday as part of a disaster preparedness training exercise.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is hosting a televised workshop to address communicating with vulnerable populations during public health emergencies and other disasters.

The Oct. 29 workshop will offer members of the Kentucky Outreach and Information Network the opportunity to share ideas to improve outreach to vulnerable populations, including the blind and mentally unhealthy.

The meeting will be led from the Kentucky Department for Public Health in Frankfort and broadcast to ITV sites at local health departments across the state.

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