Kentucky Emergency Management activated its State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) Friday in response to the winter weather storm. However, Kentucky is not under a state of emergency.

The SEOC activated Level 4, which consists of personnel monitoring the weather system.

Additional state and private sector partners will be available during the continuing activation Friday.

Michael E. Dossett, director of KYEM, stated “Our primary mission is to support our counties, their responders and the citizens of the Commonwealth. By being proactive and activating our State Emergency Operations Center, it allows us to quickly and efficiently respond their needs.” Dossett continued “A reminder, please give all emergency vehicles a wide birth as they will be out in force during this storm event.”

Officials urge people to watch for warnings and watches from local media.

As road conditions deteriorate, people should stay off roadways unless necessary.

Reduce your speed, give yourself extra time, and check road conditions before you leave for your destination.

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(This story was originally published on Jan. 12, 2017)