PREPAREDNESS MADE EASIER WITH KPA FUNDS
Cowley County Emergency Management was a recent recipient of a grant totaling $2,532.00 from the Kansas Pipeline Association. These funds were used to purchase additional and updated equipment for the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary (storm spotters) and County Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Since there are 12 active pipelines running through the county, the KPA has a vested interest in assisting the groups with equipment needed to be more effective during a call for response. Items purchased with the funds included additional mobile radios, anemometers to measure wind speed and environmental conditions, and additional safety vests.
Michael Potvin, KPA president, issued this statement: “The Kansas Pipeline Association (KPA) is a non-profit organization consisting of more than 45 pipeline operators in the state. Our organization introduces emergency responders and public officials to the basics of pipeline recognition and encourages everyone to use the state one-call underground damage prevention program. KPA also focuses on providing Kansas emergency responders with the information they need to protect our nation’s critical assets and ensure the safety of the communities they serve. It is in this effort that the Kansas Pipeline Association is pleased to partner with Cowley County Emergency Management personnel and help to fund the purchase of much needed equipment. It is also an honor to be able to give back to the same communities in which our employees also live and work.”
Cowley County Emergency Management response volunteers are trained to respond and assist with a variety of disasters and situations. The groups are no longer funded by Citizen Corps monies and, as such, are responsible for raising their own funds to purchase needed equipment. “The grant received from the KPA was greatly appreciated,” said Brian Stone, Director of Emergency Management. “The funds allow for the purchase of safety and communications equipment necessary for volunteers.”
If you have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Cowley County Emergency Management team via email 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 www.cowleycounty.org/EM for the latest tips and weather information.