This vision of Emergency Management is that Cowley County, KS will be a community of cities and citizens who are disaster aware and disaster prepared.
To save lives, protect property, and reduce the impacts of disasters through the mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery phases of Emergency Management.
Storm Fury on the Plains
Severe Weather season will be upon us again before we know it. The annual Storm Fury on the Plains has been scheduled. Set your calendars to attend one of the two showings being held on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at either 2:30pm or 6:30pm. These will be shown at the Cowley Cinema 8 Theater.
Severe Weather Awareness Week
This year, Severe Weather Awareness Week is scheduled for March 5-11, 2017. The Statewide Tornado Safety Drill is set for Tuesday, March 7 at 10am CST. To view the National Weather Service’s Severe Weather Awareness Week packet, click here: SWAW Packet 2017.
The first siren test of the year will be on Tuesday, March 7 at 10am during the statewide tornado drill. Regular, weekly testing will begin on Tuesday, March 14 at noon as long as weather conditions are mostly clear and rain/storms are not in the area.
Categorical Risk in Severe Weather
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK issues Convective Outlooks for severe thunderstorms for Days 1, 2, 3 and then 4-8. Each category is assigned a name and a color: Marginal (green), Slight (yellow), Enhanced (orange), Moderate (red) and High (magenta).
The chart below should help explain the categories in more detail (click on image to make it larger).
Helpful Web Links
Homeowners Guide to Lightning Safety:
Preparing for Disasters in Your Home: What to Buy, What to Skip:
Emergency Preparedness and Pets:
Important Legal Documents for Disaster Preparedness:
Emergency Preparedness for Seniors:
How to Organize and Prepare for Disasters:
Cowley County Emergency Management is proud to call Cowley County a StormReady® County. The designation was last renewed on Sept. 23, 2014.
To be a StormReady® community, we commit to complying with the following guidelines:
- Established a 24 hour warning point (WP)
- Establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
2) NWS Information Reception:
- Have 4 separate ways for the EOC/WP to receive NWS alerts
3) Hydrometeoroligcal Monitoring:
- Have 3 separate ways to receive hydrometerological data
4) Community Preparedness:
- Have a minimum of 3 weather safety talks annually
- Train spotters and dispatchers biennially
- Host an annual NWS spotter training
- Have a formal hazardous weather operations plan
- Biennial visits by the Emergency Manager to the NWS
- Annual visit by NWS official to community
As of November 9, 2016, Kansas has the following StormReady® deisgnations:
- 32 Counties
- 8 Communities
- 3 Government/Military Sites
- 3 Colleges/Universities
- 1 Commercial Site
- 3 Supporters
Cowley County is the first County in the South Central Region to become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. As an Ambassador, we serve a role in affecting societal change-helping build a nation that is ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events. As an Ambassador, we are committed to:
- Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages
- Engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities
- Sharing our success stories of preparedness and resiliency
- Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness
For more information, click on this link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/
Emergency Management Volunteers are requested and used in a variety of ways throughout the year. We are asking that anyone who is asking for volunteer assistance, please fill out the Volunteer Assistance Request Form and return to our office. This will help us have a better understanding of the needs and helps us obtain the correct trained volunteers.
Click here for the form.
Please drop the form off at our office or email it to email@example.com
Severe Weather Presentations
Cowley County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary is pleased to announce that we are willing to provide Severe Weather presentations to anyone making a request. These presentations are free and can be delivered on-site to schools, classes, public organizations, civic groups, etc. If you are interested, please call the Emergency Management office at (620) 221-0470 to schedule a presentation.
Emergency Management Annual Reports
Cowley County EM staff completes an annual report to highlight activities and accomplishments throughout the year.
Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) Newsletters known as “The KEMA Perspective”
Replacing Important Documents
Following a disaster, one of the many stressors is trying to replace lost documents. Click here for a list of documents with information to replace them.
Cowley County Emergency Operations Plan
The Cowley County Emergency Management “EOP” is printable in a PDF format which requires Adobe Reader. The documents presented below contain the majority of information contained within the Cowley County Emergency Operations Plan, but the file archives and attachments referred to within these documents are not accessible within this website.
- Base Plan
- ESF 1 – Transportation
- ESF 2 – Communications
- ESF 3 – Public Works and Engineering
- ESF 4 – Firefighting
- ESF 5 – Emergency Management
- ESF 6 – Mass Care, Housing and Human Services
- ESF 7 – Resource Support
- ESF 8 – Public Health and Medical Services
- ESF 9 – Search and Rescue
- ESF 10 – Oil and Hazardous Materials
- ESF 11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources
- ESF 12 – Energy and Utilities
- ESF 13 – Public Safety and Security
- ESF 14 – Long-Term Community Recovery
- ESF 15 – External Communications
- Biological Incident Annex
- FAD Incident Annex
South-Central Region Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Cowley County Emergency Management Agency has completed an extensive update of the 2009 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Cowley County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee has analyzed the overall risk and impact from past hazards on area residents, property, and critical infrastructure. That information was considered in evaluating and updating past mitigation policies and initiatives to prevent future disaster losses, in particular for natural hazards. Adoption is currently pending for the 2014 version of the plan. Until formal adoption takes place, both versions of the plan will be made available.
South-Central Region Hazard Analysis Plan
The South Central Region Hazard Analysis Plan is a 19-County plan meant to identify the potential for hazards facing a community. Hazards identified are natural, technological and national security related. Counties involved in the plan are: Barber, Barton, Butler, Comanche, Cowley, Edwards, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Marion, McPherson, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Stafford, and Sumner.
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