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Road Closures

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The information below states the date/times and locations that roads will be closed by BNSF.

 

Monday November 17, 2014 7:00am to 5:00pm

252nd Road (1/4 mile east of US 77)

Link to map – http://tinyurl.com/qgoj8bz

 

Tuesday November 18, 2014 7:00am to 5:00pm

71st Road (in Hackney)

Link to map – http://tinyurl.com/l3jd9fa

 

Wednesday November 19, 2014 7:00am to November 17, 2014 5:00pm

Private Road (3/4 mile north of Winfield and back west)

Link to map – http://tinyurl.com/l6pkg4u

 142nd Road (1 mile north of Winfield and back west)

Link to map – http://tinyurl.com/k2hjrbq

           This road will close at 7:00am and be opened at 6:00pm each day since there are 2 houses on the west side of the tracks

 

The Cowley County Bridge Crew is closing a section of 41st Road beginning Monday, Nov 17th for bridge installation. The area is located approximately 2/10 of a mile north of 222nd Road on 41st Road. It is expected to be closed at least all week.

 

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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No active SitReps.

Bridge Work

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None reported.

PREPAREDNESS – Week of Nov. 17, 2014

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The first snowfall of the season! Not all people share the sentiment BUT it was beautiful. On the bright side, it happened on the weekend and most people did not have to get out unless they just wanted to do so. If you were caught unaware – in spite of the seven day warning that the storm was on its way – now is the time to take stock of what you need and/or need to do before the next winter storm hits.

Is the snow shovel, plow or blower handy or still stuck in the shed where you put it last spring?

If you use fire wood or pellets, is it stored close at hand and in a dry place?

Do you have ice melt or sand handy?  If you don’t like to use a salt product because it is hard on concrete and/or your yard, did you know that a cheap bag of kitty litter will serve the same purpose? It’s not too heavy and won’t take up too much room if you throw an extra bag or two in the trunk of your car.

Did you know that you can freeze milk and eggs up to 6 months? It’s usually on wintry days that the urge to cook and bake hit and also usually when you realize you are out of those two main ingredients. (Hint: freeze milk by pouring ½ cups into muffin tin and then place them in a Ziploc bag. Eggs should not be frozen in the shell. Freeze them in muffin tins and then put into a Ziploc bag for future use.)

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 Facebook or www.cowleycounty.org/EM  for the latest tips and weather information.

 

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK

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Week of Nov. 17, 2014

 

Monday, Nov. 17 – HOMEMADE BREAD DAY – What a perfect day to try your hand at making homemade bread. In additional to the rewards, it means you kept safe and warm all day.

 

Thursday, Nov. 20 – ABSURDITY DAY – If you are reading this and have been following our preparedness hints these past few years, wouldn’t it be absurd if you were caught unprepared? Give that some thought today and, if you’ve skipped a few steps to preparedness, correct that today and celebrate because it is also NATIONAL BEAUTIFUL DAY!

 

Sunday, Nov. 23 – NATIONAL CASHEW DAY – Nuts are a good source of protein and easy to store in an emergency kit. If you don’t care for Cashews, you can substitute peanuts, walnuts, pecans or pistachios. Actually, just a jar of peanut butter would work.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

PREPAREDNESS – November 10, 2014

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PREPAREDNESS

All indications are that frigid air – at least for a few days – is knocking on the door. This might be a good time to:

- Check and turn off outside water hydrants to make sure they don’t freeze

- Bring in or cover up items that can be damaged by weather

- If you have a wood burning fireplace, did you have it checked and cleaned before you start that first fire of the season?

-Has your furnace been checked and cleaned?

Have you sealed cracks around doors and windows? Once the cold air hits, it might not be a bad idea to go around and checks them. What might not have been a problem last year could be a leak problem this year.

 

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 Facebook or www.cowleycounty.org/EM  for the latest tips and weather information.

 

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – November 10, 2014

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Monday, Nov. 10 – FORGET ME NOT DAY – A good day to reflect on friends and loved ones! Then again, it could also be your conscience telling you not to forget about the emergency supply kits and plan that you may not have gotten around to checking and updating yet.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 – VETERAN’S DAY – Thank you for answering the call.

YOUNG READER’S DAY – Encourage the young to read – even if it’s just a comic book or street signs! Make sure the emergency kit has reading material for them as well.

Saturday, Nov. 15 – AMERICA RECYCLES DAY – Recycling is good for the environment and engage a creative mind to come up with new uses for old items. Recycling also means checking supplies in your emergency kit and making sure it’s out with the old and in with the new.

Sunday, Nov. 16 – HAVE A PARTY WITH YOUR BEAR DAY – This better mean a teddy bear or count me out! Stuffed bears seem to bring comfort to children; placing one in a go bag or emergency kit might be a good idea. Who knows – you might find it comforting as well!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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