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U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (KY-05) announced today that the Department of Education (ED) has approved a $150,000 grant for the Breathitt County Board of Education to strengthen and improve emergency response and crisis management plans. Breathitt Schools received the funding through the ED Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Program.

“From last year’s ice storms to this year’s torrential flooding, it is important that our educators in Breathitt County are ready to handle any natural disaster or emergency that may come their way,” said Rogers. “I applaud the Department of Education for providing this important resource to our schools. In these uncertain times it is comforting to know that our children are in safe and capable hands while they attend class. Our teachers have so much on their plate, and being afforded the opportunity to attend this emergency response training is one less thing they have to worry about while they focus on educating our young people.”

The purpose of REMS is to enable school districts to develop improved plans that address all four phases of emergency management: prevention-mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. In reviewing and improving existing emergency plans, school districts are required to work with community partners including, local law enforcement, emergency management, public and mental health agencies, and local government. Plans must include staff training, sustained local partnerships, communication with parents regarding the plan and reunification after an emergency, and ongoing reviews of policies and procedures. In addition to improving existing emergency plans, school districts will conduct vulnerability assessments of schools, provide training, organize exercises and crisis simulation drills, and procure emergency supplies.

Rogers has served Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981. With a focus on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drugs and preserving Appalachia’s natural treasures, he has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the region he represents. For more information visit