*Since there is the possibility that a meeting could be canceled, relocated or rescheduled please call the KIPDA office at (502) 266-6084 to confirm a meeting prior to attending.
Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency will make every reasonable accommodation to assist qualified disabled persons in accessing available services or in attending agency activities. If there is a need for KIPDA to be aware of a specific accommodation, you are encouraged to contact this agency at least one week in advance of the meeting so that suitable arrangements can be considered for the delivery of the service or attendance requirement prior to the activity.
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Public Administration Division
Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) FY 2015
Application Period is Now Open Through Friday, January 15, 2016 at 5 PM EST
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA), Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) is responsible for the implementation and administration of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program.
The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operational efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.
Recreational Trails Program and
Land and Water Conservation Funds
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) applications are now available to download. The RTP deadline is March 31, 2016 and LWCF deadline is April 29, 2016. For questions please contact Felicia Harper at Felicia.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 502-266-6084.
The KIPDA Regional Hazard
Mitigation Plan Update 2016 Draft
The 2016 KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Draft is now available.
KIPDA secured $100,000 in federal funding for the 5-year update to the KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan covering Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties and their 24 incorporated cities. The KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan is a comprehensive hazard mitigation plan required by FEMA every 5 years for protecting our communities from natural disasters by using mitigation techniques to lessen the severity of disasters and increase resiliency. In order for a community to receive funding from FEMA for certain grants, every community must have a plan in place.
As of date, the updated plan is near completion, with a new risk assessment and new mitigation sections that discuss strategies for dealing with disaster profiles. The KIPDA Regional Hazard Mitigation Committee met with each county’s Emergency Management Director, conducted regional meetings, and held county wide meetings that solicited mitigation ideas from the community at large all for the sake of community participation and crucial information. The stakeholders for this plan include a diverse group of participants from emergency management, elected officials, police, fire, search and rescue, private companies, citizens, and more.
Funding is through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program (PDM) and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA), the latter awarded to the Shelby County Fiscal Court as project sponsor. The plan is required to be updated by June 23, 2016 in order for communities to remain eligible for hazard mitigation grant funding through FEMA. The plan update will be complete by early 2016.
KIPDA’s Public Administration Division continued to aid the City of New Castle with its efforts to nominate its downtown as a historic commercial district with the National Register of Historic Places throughout the month of December, 2015.
Meetings were held with staff from the Kentucky Heritage Council to complete individual building survey forms for the district. The New Castle historic commercial district will be comprised of 32 commercial properties, including the Henry County Courthouse and the Wendell Berry Center. The years of construction for the buildings within the district range from circa 1790 to circa 1970.
The rough draft of the Statement of Significance for the district nomination will be submitted on January 8, 2015 and will articulate how the properties are associated with events and commercial activities that have made significant contributions to Henry County’s economic character and overall history.
The goal of the historic commercial district nomination will be to deem the business district as “worthy of preservation” and to make sure the historic commercial character of the district remains intact. Additional benefits include eligibility for federal and state historic preservation tax credits and other incentive programs. The acceptance of the district on the National Register is also intended to help save the Odd Fellows Lodge, whose roof collapsed after last March’s heavy snowfall.
For those who missed it, KIPDA's 2015 Annual Report is now available via our website.
Here is a link to the 2015 KIPDA Annual Report
Social Services Division
January 25-29, 2016
Tax identity theft happens when someone uses your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Find out what you can do about it, and how you can help others during Tax Identity Theft Awareness Week. For more general identity theft information, visit our identity theft page.
An identity thief may use your Social Security number to get a tax refund or a job. Contact the IRS if they send you a notice saying their records show:
you were paid by an employer you don't know
more than one tax return was filed using your Social Security number
So far this Fall and early Winter, Kentucky has experienced very mild weather. Weather Forecasters are predicting a mild winter with very little snow. If this occurs, it will be a good thing, especially for older adults who often find themselves challenged with the elements of Winter. Never the less, it is good to offer some helpful tips to assist older adults in preparing for the Winter months.
Consider your winter footwear. It is important to always wear the correct footwear, wearing shoes and boots that are not worn out and still provide good traction on the heels and soles and also include special anti-skid materials to prevent slips and falls.
Keep the sidewalks and driveways clear of ice; have someone (hopefully NOT an at-risk senior) blow or shovel the snow away as needed, apply de-icing material such as salt to reduce the ice buildup on walkways.
Be sure the steps leading up to the house are in good repair and are not weak or wobbly as they will be even more difficult to navigate safely when there may be snow, water and ice buildup.
Take your time when moving from one location to another and to step carefully when you can’t tell if the path is clear. Always walk with someone to help keep him upright; or seek/use assistance.
Be sure all walkways have a steady handrail that can be used to help you’re your balance.
Try to eat foods or take supplements in adequate amounts that will keep your bones strong to prevent breaks if you do fall. These supplements may include those such as calcium, vitamin D and dairy products — or whatever your doctor recommends.
Stay active all year to maintain the muscles that will help you move freely and maintain balance on all walking surfaces, especially ice.
Do not be afraid to ask for help if needed.
Be prepared for an emergency. For example, if you do fall, what will you do? Who will you call, how will you get to a phone, who will check on you daily to be sure you are safe? Is it time for an alert system that can assist in an emergency? Consider implementing planned check in times when the weather creates extra risks.
Have a backup plan for weather related emergencies. Identify temporary living arrangements in case you are unable to stay in your own home and have a plan for getting there. Keep in touch with family and friends and have someone contact you daily. Share emergency contact information with those who need it. Have extra medication available in case you cannot get to a pharmacist and make other necessary medical arrangements with physicians and clinics; including medical equipment.
Prevention takes a little planning and possibly some acceptance that the risk IS higher for older adults. Older adults as well as caregivers of older persons must plan and prepare. You may not be able to keep yourself or elderly lover one from falling this winter, but you may be able to prevent a serious injury from occurring or provide help before a simple fall becomes something more serious in the cold.
For more information go to the following website (click on the link): http://www.n4a.org/files/WinterWeather.pdf
January is Glaucoma Awareness Month
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month, an important time to spread the word about this sight-stealing disease.
Currently, more than 3 million people in the United States have glaucoma. The National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030, a 58 percent increase.
Glaucoma is called "the sneak thief of sight" since there are no symptoms and once vision is lost, it's permanent. As much as 40% of vision can be lost without a person noticing.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness. Moreover, among African American and Latino populations, glaucoma is more prevalent. Glaucoma is 6 to 8 times more common in African Americans than Caucasians.
Over 3 million Americans, and over 60 million people worldwide, have glaucoma. Experts estimate that half of them don’t know they have it. Combined with our aging population, we can see an epidemic of blindness looming if we don’t raise awareness about the importance of regular eye examinations to preserve vision. The World Health Organization estimates that 4.5 million people worldwide are blind due to glaucoma.
In the United States, approximately 120,000 are blind from glaucoma, accounting for 9% to 12% of all cases of blindness. Here are three ways you can help raise awareness:
Talk to friends and family about glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, don’t keep it a secret. Let your family members know.
Request to have a free educational booklet sent to you or a friend.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that gradually steal sight without warning. Although the most common forms primarily affect the middle-aged and the elderly, glaucoma can affect people of all ages.
Vision loss is caused by damage to the optic nerve. This nerve acts like an electric cable with over a million wires. It is responsible for carrying images from the eye to the brain.
There is no cure for glaucoma—yet. However, medication or surgery can slow or prevent further vision loss. The appropriate treatment depends upon the type of glaucoma among other factors. Early detection is vital to stopping the progress of the disease.
Types of Glaucoma
There are two main types of glaucoma: primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), and angle-closure glaucoma. These are marked by an increase of intraocular pressure (IOP), or pressure inside the eye. When optic nerve damage has occurred despite a normal IOP, this is called normal tension glaucoma.
Secondary glaucoma refers to any case in which another disease causes or contributes to increased eye pressure, resulting in optic nerve damage and vision loss. Regular Eye Exams are Important
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Organization. In the most common form, there are virtually no symptoms. Vision loss begins with peripheral or side vision, so if you have glaucoma, you may not notice anything until significant vision is lost.
The best way to protect your sight from glaucoma is to get a comprehensive eye examination. Then, if you have glaucoma, treatment can begin immediately.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness among African-Americans. And among Hispanics in older age groups, the risk of glaucoma is nearly as high as that for African-Americans. Also, siblings of persons diagnosed with glaucoma have a significantly increased risk of having glaucoma.
Are you at risk for glaucoma? Those at higher risk include people of African, Asian, and Hispanic descent. Other high-risk groups include: people over 60, family members of those already diagnosed, diabetics, and people who are severely nearsighted. Regular eye exams are especially important for those at higher risk for glaucoma, and may help to prevent unnecessary vision loss.
Most information for this article was taken from the Glaucoma Research Foundation website. It is a national non-profit organization funding innovative research to preserve vision and find a cure for glaucoma.
January National Blood Donor Month
“Resolve to give blood or platelets regularly in 2016, beginning with National Blood Donor Month in January.”
Blood is traditionally in short supply during the winter months due to the holidays, travel schedules, inclement weather and illness. January, in particular, is a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations. A reduction in turnout can put our nation’s blood inventory at a critical low.
January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month (NBDM) to encourage donors to give or pledge to give blood.
National Blood Donor Month has been observed in January since 1970 with the goal of increasing blood and platelet donations during winter – one of the most difficult times of year to collect enough blood products to meet patient needs. Inclement winter weather often results in cancelled blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause some donors to become temporarily unable to donate.
The Red Cross urges healthy donors who have made a commitment to donate during the winter months to keep their appointments. Each appointment kept, and each donation given, offers hope to a patient in need.
Blood can be safely donated every 56 days. Platelets can be given every seven days – up to 24 times a year. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in most states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Donated red blood cells must be used within 42 days of collection. Platelets within 5 days. Plasma can be frozen for up to 1 year.
Individuals with serious injuries from a major automobile accident can require 50 units (pints) of blood or more. Seriously burned patients can require 20 units or more. The components of one pint of donated blood can help the lives of three people.
Commit to donating blood this year! You don't need a special reason to give blood. You just need your own reason.
Some of us give blood because we were asked by a friend.
Some know that a family member or a friend might need blood some day.
Some believe it is the right thing to do.
Whatever your reason, the need is constant and your donation is important for maintaining a healthy and reliable blood supply. You'll feel good knowing you've helped change a life!
I-65 North and South Now on Abraham Lincoln Bridge
The Abraham Lincoln Bridge is open and ready for travel! The Lincoln Bridge, the centerpiece of the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, opened to northbound traffic December 7th. On December 16th, I-65 South traffic was rerouted to the Lincoln Bridge. The Lincoln Bridge now carries three lanes of northbound traffic and two lanes of southbound traffic as extensive improvements are made to the adjacent Kennedy Bridge.
All but one lane on the adjacent John F. Kennedy Bridge is now closed. The single lane will maintain access from I-65 South to I-64 East and I-71 North. That single lane to maintain eastbound and northbound traffic is expected to remain open for just over a month. The Kennedy Bridge is expected to close completely in early February and remain closed for just over six months.
One lane on the Kennedy Bridge is expected to reopen around mid-August to restore access to I-64 West, I-64 East and I-71 North.
During the closure, a new floor system is being installed on the Kennedy Bridge. The $22 million in improvements are expected to add decades of new life to the 52-year old bridge. The Downtown Crossing includes a new cable-stayed bridge, an improved Kennedy Bridge and interstate connections on both sides of the river. Substantial completion of the entire Downtown Crossing is scheduled for December 2016.
Find all of the latest traffic information and more details on the Ohio River Bridges Project at www.kyinbridges.com.
After 36 short-term extensions and a long and bumpy ride, U.S. lawmakers have finally signed a long-term transportation bill. On December 4, 2015 President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act into law, marking the first long-term transportation bill passed by Congress in 10 years.
The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the FAST Act five-year legislation to improve America’s roads, bridges, public transit, and rail transportation systems and reform federal surface transportation programs.
The FAST Act is a bicameral, bipartisan agreement of the House-Senate Conference Committee that was tasked with resolving differences between the surface transportation bills passed earlier this year in the House and Senate. The House voted 359 to 65 in favor of the FAST Act Conference Report.
The FAST Act is a fully funded reauthorization of federal highway, transit, highway safety, motor carrier safety, hazardous materials, and passenger rail programs. The bill reforms and strengthens transportation programs, refocuses on national priorities, provides long-term certainty and more flexibility for states and local governments, streamlines project approval processes, and maintains a strong commitment to safety.
More information on the FAST Act is available here.
Transit, Trails, and Transportation Choices
KIPDA Transportation Division and Ticket-To-Ride staff recently participated in a transportation workshop in Southern Indiana. “Transit, Trail, and Transportation Choices” was held December 12th on the campus of Indiana University Southeast.
It was hosted by the Hoosier Environmental Council and provided the latest information on transit service and needs, commuting programs, bicycling and walking projects, and new ideas for regional connectivity. The workshop also provided tools and resources to help citizens participate knowledgeably and effectively in the transportation decisions that affect the availability and quality of transportation in southeast Indiana.
The workshop was also a great way for professionals in the planning and transportation field to share ideas and build contacts for future planning opportunities.
To learn more about the Hoosier Environmental Council click here.