Emergency Management News

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Road Closures

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Road Closed SW of Udall

A low water crossing that has been damaged southwest of Udall at Sand Creek. Road & Bridge has barricaded and closed 5th Rd from 102nd Rd to 112th Rd until further notice. Location is circled in RED in the map below.





Severe Weather Situation Reports

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No active Sit-Reps

Bridge Work

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None reported.

Special Days of the Week – 11/18/16

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And here we go – heading into one of the busiest months of the year. December is WRITE A FRIEND MONTH. (Would that be because of the holiday cards we write?) As you send cards out to friends, you might want to include a pamphlet or two about emergency preparedness and planning. Where to get those? Visit us at the Emergency Management office in the south annex basement of the courthouse.


Saturday, Dec. 3 – NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY – In order to keep that roof over your head, make sure that it is in good repair. Keep the gutters cleaned out and dead branches away from the roof top. If you find yourself stranded out in the elements, you still want to make sure you have some type of covering over your head – be it a tarp/blanket (do you have one in your vehicle?) or branches topped with twigs, grasses, etc. Did you know that three hours of exposure to the elements can be very hazardous to your health? Making sure you can erect a shelter for yourself under any circumstance is really important.

Sunday, Dec. 4 –WEAR BROWN SHOES DAY – Ok, they don’t really have to be brown. The point here is that you need to have a pair of sturdy shoes ready to grab or (best case scenario) in a go bag at all times. Being caught with fuzzy slippers, flip flops or just socks on in an emergency could prove to be hazardous to your feet and health!


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Monday, Nov. 21 – FALSE CONFESSION DAY – Hopefully, you have not confessed to having a fully loaded preparedness kit IF, in fact, you don’t! Now would be the time to come clean OR, better yet, make good and get it done!


Thursday, Nov. 24 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING and ALL OUR UNCLES ARE MONKEYS DAY – After filling up on the Thanksgiving feast, many families sit around and swap stories, many of which call up the phrase “well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.” It all just revolves around disbelief. When you discuss your status of emergency preparedness, hope they are awestruck and not inclined to use that phase on you!


Friday, Nov. 25 – YOU’RE WELCOME DAY – This is what you say when your family and friends thank you for inspiring them (after dinner on Thursday) to prepare their own emergency kits!


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PREPAREDNESS -Week of 11/28/16

Winter like temperatures are drifting this way. Be informed and prepared before it happens!

While hypothermia generally occurs at very cold temperatures, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that it can happen even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.

As winter approaches, it’s important to know the warning signs of hypothermia and what to do if you notice those signs.

Warnings Signs of Hypothermia


·         Body temperature below 95 degrees

·         Uncontrollable shivering

·         Exhaustion

·         Confusion, fumbling hands

·         Memory loss, disorientation

·         Incoherence, slurred speech

·         Drowsiness


·         Bright red, cold skin

·         Very low energy

If someone is suffering from hypothermia, get medical attention immediately and begin warming the person until help arrives. Find several ways to warm a person on the CDC’s Hypothermia page.

If you must go outside, prevent hypothermia by:

·         Wearing several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent.

·         Wear mittens, which are warmer than gloves.

·         Cover all of your body. Wear a hat and a scarf, covering your mouth to protect your face and to help prevent loss of body heat.

For more information on how to prepare for the winter, visit the America’s PrepareAthon! Winter Storm section.


If you have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Cowley County Emergency Management team via email (emergencymanagement@cowleycounty.org) or by calling 620/221-0470 or 620/441-4569. We hope you find this and all of our information beneficial. Please encourage your family members and friends to join us on Face book or our county web site for the latest tips and weather information.




CCEM Volunteers Purchase New Equipment

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September was National Preparedness Month. Hints and reminders were posted daily. As we slide into October, we want to share what the CCEM volunteer groups have done to ensure they are as well prepared as they can be.

CCEM Volunteers Purchase New Equipment

The Cowley County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Emergency Auxiliary (CCEA) volunteer groups have spent the past two years raising funds to purchase additional and replacement communication equipment. With the assistance of several anonymous donors through the Legacy Foundation and the fund raising projects, the groups were able to order their new equipment last month.

Whether out spotting storms, assisting with traffic control or conducting search and rescue operations, being in constant communication with each other and the command center is vital to the safety of the volunteer teams. For the last several years, the amount of available communication equipment has decreased due to age and the growth of the groups. Through the formation of a non-profit organization (CCERV, Inc.) by the combined emergency management volunteer groups, the effort to raise money for radios began in earnest.

CCEA, familiarly known as the storm spotters, was able to purchase five Public Service radios to replace several old radios and provide equipment to newly trained volunteers. CCEA members usually have mobile radios in their vehicles for wider range as they follow storms throughout the county. They use the hand held radios when out of their vehicles to assess damage or assist with traffic control.

The CERT volunteers were able to purchase eight radios with mics in addition to 10 Family Radio Service (FRS) radios. The FRS radios are used for work in smaller areas. Since volunteers work in teams with a designated team leader, they are able to communicate with the team leader by using the less expensive equipment. The team leader, in turn, is able to communicate with the command center through the use of the more powerful PS radio that is also compatible with law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel.

A number of the volunteers now hold ham radio licenses. When communication towers become inoperable and phone lines are down, the ham radio is often the only form of communication left. As a result, the volunteer groups are encouraging their members to take the course and get a license. CERT and CCEA purchase the manuals used in the course by their members. The only expense to the volunteer is the cost of the test.

Through additional fund raising, the groups hope to continue updating and expanding their communication equipment. They also want to increase the number of volunteers with a ham radio license and, possibly, add an inventory of ham radio equipment to the department. When working in emergency situations created either by nature or man, the safety of the volunteers is important and the best way to ensure their safety is through training and communication.

Anyone interested in additional information about the emergency volunteer groups can contact the office at 221-5469 or stop by 321 East 10th.


NCMEC Accreditation

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The Cowley County Emergency Communications  Center has been recognized, by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), as a Missing Kids Readiness Project Member Agency.  Cowley County’s Emergency Communications Center is only the 2nd agency in Kansas to receive this national recognition. For full press release, click here.

Weather Radio Beeping?

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Do you have the Midland model WR-120 weather radio? If so, are you having problems with it beeping for an unknown reason and don’t know what to do? If that you and you need help, click here to see if it solves your issue. If this does not, please do not hesitate to call us at (620) 221-0470 for assistance.

The Twelve Days of Preparedness

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Cowley County Emergency Management, in coordination with their volunteer groups (Emergency Auxiliary, CERT, CART and MRC), have created an emergency preparedness video. The song is a familiar tune from The 12 Days of Christmas, but delightfully titled, “The 12 Days of Preparedness”.

Thanks to the many individuals and agencies that volunteered their time, locations, knowledge and experience.