FRANKFORT, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky's state park system became the first in the nation to earn Storm Ready status from the National Weather Service.
The designation indicates parks with overnight accommodations have proper communication equipment and shelters for park guests to go during a storm. All parks staff also must receive training to earn the status.
"It's just taking a system we think was protecting our guests another level higher," Kentucky Parks Director Elaine Walker said.
Walker said it didn't cost the state any budget money to earn the designation.
Four states have Storm Ready parks. Kentucky leads the way with 34, Michigan has nine, and Indiana and Iowa each have one park with the status.
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