Mayor, MetroSafe Remind Citizens of Emergency Alerts

In light of recent destruction caused by severe weather and tornadoes in the midwest, Louisville Metro Government officials are reminding citizens the city’s alert systems. Mayor Greg Fischer is encouraging Louisvillians to purchase weather radios or subscribe to text message alerts from media outlets. “A text alert could waken you,” Fischer says “but it could […]

MetroSafe Participates in FEMA Earthquake Drill

The Federal Emergency Management Agency conducted an earthquake drill in western Kentucky today. FEMA is testing how well various federal, state, city and private agencies can respond to a devastating quake on the New Madrid Fault, which is underneath parts of Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Louisville MetroSafe spokesperson Lee Cravins says his agency was […]

Flood Protection System Proving Effective

Despite this being the wettest April on record, with 13.6 inches of rain and counting, MSD Director Bud Schardein says Louisville’s flood protection system is working as designed. The agency predicts that everything outside the flood plane will remain unaffected by the rising waters since all 16 flood pumping plants remain fully operational. “I believe […]

Peden Says Issues Other Than Tornado Siren Silence Prompted Call for MetroSafe Audit

Peden and his vice chair on the council’s Public Safety committee, Councilman David James, sent a letter to Mayor Greg Fischer’s office requesting the audit Tuesday. Peden says he and James have a number of issues with MetroSafe, many of them stemming from redundancies and inefficiencies in how the agency operates.

Mayor’s Office Says MetroSafe Audit Was Planned, Will Be Conducted

Even though MetroSafe officials say they’ve fixed any issues with the civil defense sirens sirens, the heads of the council’s Public Safety committee requested the audit. In a statement, councilmen James Peden and David James say there have been numerous concerns with MetroSafe, and an audit is long-overdue.

Following Last Week’s Failure, Louisville Tornado Sirens Sound During Drill

One week after civil defense sirens failed to sound during a tornado watch in Louisville, MetroSafe says all mechanical systems are functioning properly. According to MetroSafe executive Director Doug Hamilton all 123 sirens were working properly, though three did not sound due to power issues.

City Completes Review of Tornado Siren Failure, MetroSafe Supervisors May Be Disciplined

Disciplinary action could be taken against two MetroSafe supervisors who failed to manually sound alarms during a tornado warning Monday.

A recently-completed report from Louisville’s Emergency Management Agency and Metro Government concludes that a combination of technical and human errors kept the civil defense sirens from sounding.

MetroCall Moves to MetroSafe Backup Call Center

MetroCall, Louisville’s 24-hour customer service line at 3-1-1, is in the process of moving its headquarters to the backup facility for MetroSafe, or 9-1-1 The MetroCall organization has recently been moved under the umbrella of Emergency Management and MetroSafe, says MetroSafe/EMA Director Doug Hamilton. “Obviously, we’ve had three disasters in the last twelve months,” says […]