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Flooding Possible Through Tonight (Minor Flooding on Cumberland River)

Periods of light to moderate rainfall will continue through tonight, particularly across far southern and southeast Kentucky. Additional rainfall amounts will range from 0.25 to 0.50 inches, resulting in flooding of low lying areas and rivers. A Flood Warning is in effect for the Cumberland River at Williamsburg, Barbourville, Pineville, and Baxter where minor flooding is expected. Read More >

NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.  Building this Weather-Ready Nation requires the action of a vast network of partners including other government agencies, emergency managers, researchers, the media, insurance industry, non-profits, the private sector, the Weather Enterprise and more.

Acting locally, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Jackson works closely with a strong network of partners before, during and after severe weather strikes.  Programs are in place to foster these relationships, document the work being done by preparedness officials and recognize those officials and jurisdictions for their severe weather preparedness achievements.

Find out more information on local partnerships and programs by clicking the tabs below.

Recent Partner News:

Oneida Baptist Institute, a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, creates Emergency Preparedness and Response Team

The school has also taken a hands-on approach to preparing it's students for emergencies by starting the Oneida Baptist Institute Emergency Preparedness and Response Team.


KY Mountains Amateur Radio Club receives Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador recognition

NOAA/NWS formally recognized KY Mountains Amateur Radio Club for significant contributions to building a Weather-Ready Nation during National Preparedness Month in September.


Turn Around Don't Drown signs being installed in five east Kentucky counties

"Turn around, don't drown". That flood safety warning will be seen on bright yellow signs around several Eastern Kentucky counties, thanks to a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service and local Emergency Management.


NWS Public Service Awards given to valued amateur radio partners

On January 22-23, 2016 a major winter storm brought a swath of heavy snow to the heart of eastern Kentucky. During this storm local amateur radio clubs and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) played a critical role in communicating essential information to the National Weather Service.


WYMT-TV recognized as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador!

The National Weather Service in Jackson, KY recognizes WYMT-TV in Hazard as a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, commending the station for it's committment to community weather preparedness and education.


Bath County Kentucky becomes StormReady

Bath County, Kentucky was designated as the 47th StormReady® County in the Commonwealth of Kentucky during a ceremony attended by U.S. Representative Andy Barr (KY 6th District) at the Bath County Courthouse in Owingsville on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016.


Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College becomes StormReady Supporter

All five campuses of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) were recognized as National Weather Service StormReady® Supporters during a brief ceremony on Friday, February 26, 2016.  SKCTC is the first community college in the state to have all of their campuses recognized as StormReady® Supporters! 


NWS Jackson Trains with Our Partners During Winter Season Training Day

On November 19, 2015, a group of NWS Jackson, KY's core partners visited our office to help our forecasters train for the upcoming winter season.  The exercise allowed our forecasters to interact and learn from those who depend on the forecasts to make their decisions.  


NWS Jackson Meets With USFS Rangers At The Red River Gorge

On June 10, 2015, several members of the NWS Jackson Weather Service Office visited the US Forest Service at the Red River Gorge and met with two of the rangers. The goal of this visit was to better understand the flash flooding problems they face, mainly along Indian Creek.


East Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee Meeting held at WYMT Studios

On Wednesday April 22, 2015, the East Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee met at the WYMT studios in Hazard, KY.  WYMT's Brandon Robinson, a KWPC-East member, gave committee members a tour of the WYMT facilities and demonstrated how the weather team puts together a weather broadcast.


Harlan Health & Rehabilitation becomes StormReady® Supporter

The Harlan Health and Rehabilitation was recognized as a National Weather Service StormReady® Supporter on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. The StormReady® Supporter program recognizes organizations for their severe weather preparedness efforts.


Christian Appalachian Project Recognized as a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador

NWS Jackson, KY would like to highlight some of the great work one of our most recent Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors, Christian Appalachain Project (CAP) has been been doing.  CAP provides immediate assistance to Appalachian areas sustaining damage from floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and other major catastrophes.


Magoffin County Officials Hardin and Wilson Named NOAA StormReady Heroes

NOAA honored Magoffin County Judge Executive Charles “Doc” Hardin and Emergency Management Director Mike Wilson with the StormReady® Community Hero award for their efforts to save lives during a tornado that hit Salyersville on March 2, 2012.



NWS Jackson, KY recognizes that we have a special mission responsibility to our core partners, including the emergency management community and other local, state and federal government agencies, to provide Impact-Based Decision Support Services leading up to, during and following high-impact events.  

Our Decision Support Services begin with severe weather preparedness and education through outreach activities and internal and external training and exercises.  This includes involvement in local, state and federal exercises and simulations. 

When public safety in the event of hazardous weather is a concern, NWS Jackson, KY personnel will provide Decision Support Services at the request of Emergency Management and government core partners.  This support can include:

  • Direct, interactive support to ensure safety and protection of property, provided on-site or remotely. 
  • Coordination activities supporting high impact events.  This can include predecision conference calls with the primary purpose of enhancing weather situational awareness..
  • Assistance with the routine provision of NWS data and products including alerts of hazardous weather conditions that are provided uniformly to everyone.

Finally, after the conclusion of the event, NWS Jackson, KY will review our performance and actions taken in a collaborative fashion, with other members of the East Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee and/or entities directly involved with or affected by the event, and revise action plans accordingly.

To request Decision Support Services, please contact Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tony Edwards or fill out the request form below.

StormReady Program 

The StormReady program helps arm east Kentucky communities with the communication and safety skills needed to save lives and property--before, during and after the event. StormReady helps community leaders and emergency managers strengthen local safety programs and StormReady communities, counties, universities, military bases, indian nations, commerical enterprises and other groups are better prepared to save lives from the onslaught of severe weather through advanced planning, education and awareness.  No community is storm proof, but StormReady can help communities save lives.

For more information on the StormReady program for east Kentucky, contact Warning Coordination Meteorologist Tony Edwards at 606-666-2560 ext. 726.

StormReady Sites in Kentucky (click on the map for complete listing of sites)


Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events.  Any organization across all levels of government, businesses large and small, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, and academia can become a WRN Ambassador.

As a WRN Ambassador, the National Weather Service will formally recognize your organization.  You will be able to prominently display the WRN Ambassador logo and use your local NWS office as a resource to enhance your weather safety plans.  Periodic emails to WRN Ambassadors will provide information such as links to newly posted outreach material on relevant hazards, content you can use for social media posts, organizational newsletters and websites, as well as updates on new NOAA products, services, and/or data

For more information and to apply to become a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador, click here.

Current WRN Ambassadors in East Kentucky

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum Renfro Valley Entertainment Center Oneida Baptist Institute
Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club WYMT-TV Bath County Emergency Management Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
Christian Appalachian Project KYTC Dept of Highways District 10 Middlefork Volunteer Fire Department & Powell County SKYWARN Network East Kentucky Broadcasting
  • Knott County Health & Rehabilitation Center
  • Floyd County Emergency Management
  • Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
  • Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • WKYM-WFLW Radio Monticello, KY
  • Breathitt County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Oneida Baptist Institute
  • Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management
  • Gateway District Health Department
  • Bath County Emergency Management
  • Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College
  • McCreary Central High School
  • Morgan Central Elementary School
  • Big Sandy RECC
  • East Ridge High School, Pike County, KY
  • Breathitt County Conservation District
  • Christian Appalachian Project
  • KYTC Department of Highways District 10
  • Hazard Fire Department
  • Kentucky Mountains Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
  • Pike County Emergency Management
  • Rowan County Cooperative Extension Service
  • Rowan County Emergency Management
  • Bell County Emergency Management
  • McCreary County Emergency Management
  • Middlefork Volunteer Fire Department & Powell County SKYWARN Network
  • East Kentucky Broadcasting

Click here for a complete listing of Weather Ready Nation Ambassadors


Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee - East 

The Kentucky Weather Preparedness Committee (KWPC) is made up of emergency management officials, the National Weather Service, broadcast media, private sector companies, volunteer organizations and other government agencies and has the mission of promoting, educating and increasing weather awareness across the Commonweath. 
NWS Jackson, KY is a member of KWPC-East, a regional subcommittee of the statewide KWPC.  The subcommittee also serves as an Integrated Warning Team in which committee members work to foster improved communication, relationships, and planning for future severe weather events.  KWPC-East committee members include representatives from:
  • NWS Charleston, WV
  • Pike County Emergency Management
  • Paintsville/Johnson County Emergency Management
  • Lawrence County Emergency Management
  • Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 10
  • Prestonsburg Fire Department
  • Floyd County Rescue Squad
  • Kentucky State Police
  • Kentucky Emergency Management Region 8
  • American Red Cross
  • Kentucky Department of Public Health Regions 10, 11, 12, & 13
  • Christian Appalachian Project
  • East Kentucky Broadcasting
  • Big Sandy RECC
  • Hazard Fire Department