Officials prepare for heat and bad weather surrounding Derby events

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 12:11 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 2 at 9:56 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – At a sneak peak of the Pegasus Parade, kids showed their excitement about watching the floats roll through downtown Louisville, but with scorching temperatures and the threat of severe weather, officials are busy making sure the event is safe and fun.

"We have lots of golf carts and safety patrols that will be up and down the parade route carrying water," said Stephen Karem, the chair for the parade. In addition to the heat, they are also ready for pop up storms. Karem says the inflatables can be taken down quickly, and they have safe areas for people to evacuate to.

Police working security for Churchill Downs are also preparing. They're increasing their numbers in the infield, and have EMTs and paramedics assigned to each bunker. If the weather gets bad enough they are prepared for evacuations.

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