The Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management Agency (BCEM) is a unified local emergency mangement agency serving all county and city governments in Boyle County. BCEM was created and is maintained in accordance with Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter 39B and is jointly funded by Boyle County, the City of Danville, and the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. Through our contacts with local government, schools, civic and volunteer organizations, local industry and health care providers, we are committed to providing for the health and safety of all Boyle County residents before, during, and after a major emergency or disaster.
Danville-Boyle County EMA Director Mike Wilder is charged with representing the executives of local city and county governments on all matters pertaining to the comprehensive emergency management program and disaster and emergency response within the county. BCEM Staff attend a great deal of training annually and periodically conduct table-top and functional exercises with other agencies to bolster local preparedness policies and skills. Director Wilder maintains the Boyle County Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and is the primary on-scene representative of local officials in the event of an emergency, declared emergency, disaster, or catastrophe within the County. The EOP is a tool utilized at the state and local level that includes directions and provisions to assess, mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all disaster and emergency incidents.
In the event of an emergency, BCEM is prepared to establish a County Emergency Operations Center at one of several pre-determined locations. We are also capable of providing command and control functions as well as centralized radio communications support from our mobile command post. To learn more about the Danville-Boyle County Emergency Management Agency, please contact our office during normal business hours.
Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)
The Local Emergency Planning Committee, or LEPC, is tasked with the development and implementation of emergency response plans for releases of hazardous materials in Boyle County, as well, the committee has restructured to become an ALL-HAZARDS planning committee. The LEPC is to be made up of fifteen representatives from local emergency management, law enforcement, fire, health, environmental, and media agencies, community groups, elected officials, and the owners and operators of facilities that manufacture, use, store, or transport hazardous substances. With the restructure the LEPC now assists the Emergency Management Agency with all emergency planning and exercising the plan.
LEPCs receive guidance from the KY Emergency Response Commission and Kentucky Emergency Management. The LEPCs across the United States were conceived in Title III of SARA, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act. SARA Title III authorized the Emergency Planning & Community Right To Know Act (EPCRA) which helps local communities protect public health, safety, and the environment from chemical hazards. Since the most the same representatives were seated as LEPC members and as the Disaster Preparedness Committee in most LEPCs across Kentucky it made sense for the KY Emergency Response Commission and KY Emergency Management to encourage the two to become one in the LEPC Committee.
Boyle County is home to several facilities that fall under the jurisdiction of SARA Title III. These facilities are required to develop plans to respond to accidental hazardous substance releases as well as make chemical hazard and inventory data available to the public. Additionally, they must notify public officials immediately when a release occurs and provide information about such releases to the public. Any facility that manufactures a new chemical or brings a new chemical into the facility that falls under the SARA Title III listing of an Extremely Hazardous Substance (EHS) the facility has 60 days to notify the LEPC of the chemicals and assist the LEPC with formulating an emergency response plan to protect citizens, facility employees and environment.
The Boyle County LEPC is required to meet twice yearly generally in April and November, however the committees meets every quarter. These meetings are open to the public.
If you have questions regarding hazardous materials or need assistance in complying with SARA Title III, please contact LEPC Chairman Mike Wilder at 859-238-1109. In the event of a hazardous materials release or other emergency, dial 9-1-1.
Emergency Notification System
Weather alert Radios
Everyone should have a Weather Alert Radio in their home. These radios notify you of pending and incoming dangerous weather. The nearest NOAA Weather Radio transmitter is located near Lexington on a frequency of 162.400MHz. The newer radios can be programmed to ONLY receive ALERTS for Boyle County. The NOAA SAME code for Boyle County is 021021.
Change the battery in your weather alert radio when you change your smoke alarm batteries in the fall.
In an emergency, tune to NOAA Weather Radio, local radio stations, broadcast or cable television for further information and instructions. The Emergency Management Office can assist you in programming your Weather Alert Radio. The office number is 859-238-1109
Residents with scanner radios may listen to Emergency Management officials at 155.025 MHz and local Skywarn weather spotters at 145.310 MHz.
Text Message and email alerts
Those wanting to receive emergency alerts on their cell phone for Boyle County or email can sign up for alerts by signing up with Code Red. Click Here for more information.
Outdoor Warning Sirens
The Boyle County outdoor warning siren system is comprised of numerous sirens located throughout the county. The sirens are activated from the 9-1-1 communications center in the event of severe weather or other emergency. The sirens are tested for proper operation on first Friday of each month at 12:00 PM, weather permitting.
When sounded in an emergency situation, the sirens indicate that a tornado, large hail, high winds are imminent for Boyle County. If you are indoors during a weather-related emergency, proceed to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor of the building. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Stay away from windows and doors. Get under something sturdy such as a table and if possible, cover yourself with a blanket. It is strongly recommended that residents designate a shelter area for their home in advance and practice going to that area with their families. If you are in a vehicle or outdoors, lie flat and face-down on low ground, protecting the back of your head with your arms. Get as far away from trees and cars as you can; they may be blown onto you in a tornado.
Sirens will be sounded every 10 minutes when a tornado warning has been issued by the NWS or when one is spotted on the ground in the county until the treat has left the county or Warning has been canceled by NWS.
Please note that the warning sirens are designed to alert persons that are outdoors and may not be heard inside most buildings or outside if there is other loud outside noises, like lawnmowers being used.
Sirens have been installed in the following locations:
- Danville Fire Department Station 1 (Main Street)
- Danville Water Filtration Plant (Lexington Road)
- Streamland Neighborhood Pool (Springhill Drive)
- Boyle County Middle School (Bypass and Perryville Road)
- R.R. Donnelley Plant (HWY 34 w. of Lebanon Road)
- Time Warner Cable Facility (Hightower Road in the area of Wal-Mart)
- Lexington Road at Goggin Road
- Old Bridge Sub-Div (Lexington Road near Lake Herrington)
- City Hall in Junction City – W. Shelby St.
- Parksville – Lebanon Rd.
- Mitchellsburg Fire Station – Old-Newtown Pk.
- Forkland Community Center – Forkland Rd.
- Perryville City Fire Station – S. Buell St.
- Boyle Co Fire Station 2 – East- Perryville Rd.
- Shelby Green – North of Junction City – US 127
- Danville – Imperial Mobile Home Park, Baughman Ave.
- Danville 911 Center – S. 4th St.,
- Danville Water Plant, Lexington Ave.,
- Airport Siren – Airport Rd. by Fire Department
Region 12 WMD/Hazardous Materials Response Team
HazMat 12 is a state-level all-volunteer hazardous materials emergency response organization. The Boyle County Division is part of the statewide network of WMD/HazMat Response Teams that was created using Federal Grant Funding from years 1999-2002.
The individual members of HM12 represent local fire, EMS, & emergency management agencies as well as private industry. Team members are trained at or above the hazardous materials technician level and are prepared to respond within KyEM Region 12 or anywhere in the Commonwealth as necessary.
Sheltering in Place
Sheltering In Place is where you shelter within your home or the building you are in at the time In Place Sheltering is ordered by the emergency officials.
Sheltering In Place is ordered when there has been a chemical release near your home or the place you work or are visiting and there is not time to have a safe and orderly evacuation. Your home or the location you are at may not be affected but the Sheltering In Place order is issued for your safety. It is better to error on the side of caution.
Once you are informed of the Sheltering In Place DO NOT go outside. Because it takes a little time to evaluate the emergency in order to issue a Shelter In Place order the released chemical may already be near you.
In your home, first shut off the Heating or Air Conditioning. Turn off any fans. Close any open windows. Then gather up your family and pets, a radio, phone and go with them to the smallest room in the house on the first floor and close the door(s). Stuff a towel under the door(s). DO NOT OPEN the door until the threat has passed. Listen to the radio on local stations of WDFB Christian Radio and Hometown Radio. They will provide vital safety information on the threat.
Once the threat has passed and after the “all clear” order has been issued (listen to radio stations), open up your home and vent it using fans.
Emergency Communications / Ham Radio
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) consist of federally licensed volunteer ham radio operators from Boyle and surrounding counties who volunteer the use of communications equipment and/or manpower during times of emergency. These services are especially needed to protect public safety during extreme disaster situations when normal radio communications and telephone systems fail. BCEM has had a long and productive association with local ham radio operators, ARES/RACES, and the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club.
The Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club was formed in the 1960’s to promote ham radio and public service in Boyle County. With the financial support of the Boyle County Fiscal Court and private donors, the WRARC purchased and installed Boyle County’s first ham radio repeater in 1981 under the club call WD4DZC. A new repeater transceiver was purchased in 2003 and was relocated from the Inter-County RECC communication tower to Parksville in 2005 with funds secured through Boyle Co. Emergency Management. This 2-meter repeater operates at 145.310 MHz providing coverage to Boyle and all surrounding counties.
The Club has established a commo station at the Danville-Boyle County Emergency Operations Center to assisted with communications in large scale emergencies. Club members provide communications for established shelters with the Red Cross.
The Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at the American Red Cross Building at 454 S. 3rd. St., Danville.
The club website is http://www.wrarc.com/.
“ARES” and “Amateur Radio Emergency Service” are registered servicemarks of the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated and are used by permission.