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Governor creates a Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency to deal with natural disasters

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Col. Jeremy Slinker, director of Kentucky Emergency Management, discussing the new Community Recovery and Resiliency Council

A new council has been created to help respond to natural disasters in Kentucky. The Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency was created when Governor Andy Beshear signed an executive order late last week.

Jeremy Slinker is the director of Kentucky Emergency Management. He said it is important that all the players work together after a natural disaster.

“We have to accept the fact; we’re going to face more frequent disasters with more intensity. Once we accept that, we know we have to be ready for that, we have to be resilient, we have to be stronger. This council will provide that entity, we can all come together with our resources, our funds, and our expertise.”

Representatives from state and federal agencies will sit on the Council. The governor says the tornadoes in western Kentucky and the floods in eastern Kentucky are proof the commonwealth needs a standing group to bring recovery agencies together.

Slinker said it is important to have clear coordination when it comes to dealing with a natural disaster.

“Sit down in the same room or at the same table and make sure we’re not duplicating efforts but amplifying efforts and as well in making sure nothing is left on the table. As you know, if someone doesn’t know there is an issue, they’re probably not applying a solution to it.”

The Council for Community Recovery and Resiliency will also be supported by the Kentucky Emergency Management and Military Affairs.

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