PREPAREDNESS – Week of 3/6/17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on PREPAREDNESS – Week of 3/6/17

It’s hard to believe we are already rolling into Spring again which, in Kansas, signifies severe weather season. In preparation, there will be state-wide testing of sirens tomorrow (Tuesday, March 7) at 10 AM – WEATHER PERMITTING. This gives us a chance to make sure all of the sirens in Cowley County are functioning and ready to blow when needed. This week might also be a good time to inventory your emergency supplies (or gather them if you haven’t done that yet) and review or make your emergency plan. If you have any questions about what and how, you can always turn to www.ready.gov for information on emergency kits, plans, flooding, tornadoes, lightning, etc.  You can also turn to our own county web site where we have posted information for you.

Don’t forget to turn your clocks forward on Sunday, Mar. 12 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

  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 call 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

Special Days of the Week – 3/6/17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on Special Days of the Week – 3/6/17

Monday, Mar. 6 – NATIONAL DENTIST’S DAY – Last week was Tooth Fairy day and today its Dentist day. The message must be that we need to pay attention to good oral hygiene. That means you need to make sure you have toothbrush, toothpaste and floss for everyone in the family in the go bags and emergency kit.

Tuesday, Mar. 7 – Statewide testing of sirens – weather permitting – 10 AM

Thursday, Mar. 9 – PANIC DAY – It’s been hard to claim a true winter season for this particular area this year. However, we are heading into “the storm season.” Don’t panic – just make sure you are prepared. Well, panic just a little if you have no emergency kit or plans and then get started with the preparations. You will be glad you did!

Saturday, Mar. 11 – WORSHIP OF TOOLS DAY – In addition to the flashlights, whistles, radio, etc. f or your emergency kit, you might give a few tools a thought as you gather items together. If you have room to store them, think about: shovel, crow bar, hammer, axe and saw. They could come in handy as you prepare to leave your shelter area.

Sunday, Mar. 12 – DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – 2-27-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – 2-27-17

Tuesday, Feb. 28 – NATIONAL TOOTH FAIRY DAY – After a certain age, the tooth fairy will no longer visit you and trade you $$ for a lost tooth. So, it’s up to you to make sure you practice good oral hygiene. Make sure you have floss, toothpaste and toothbrush for each family member in the emergency kit(s).

STORM FURY ON THE PLAINS – 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM at Cowley Cinema 8. Free to the public.

Wednesday, Mar. 1 – PEANUT BUTTER LOVER’S DAY – Peanut butter is an excellent staple and it comes in so many varieties. You can pack it in your emergency kit in the following forms: a jar of; peanut butter cups; peanut butter M&M’s; peanut butter Snickers; peanut butter cookies – a variety to fit all taste buds!

Friday, Mar. 3 – I WANT YOU TO BE HAPPY DAY – This is something you would say TODAY to the person who has been nagging you about updating your emergency preparedness plans and kits – and then follow through with the plan to show them how sincere you really are!

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-27-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-27-17

 

We have been getting the word out regarding our annual presentation of Storm Fury for quite some time. If you are new to the area or just want to review your cloud formation knowledge, Cowley Cinema 8 is the place to be at either 2:30 PM or 6:30 PM this Tuesday. Admission is free and anyone is welcome to attend – even if you are not a Cowley County resident. In addition to staff from the National Weather Service doing the presentation and answering questions, members of our volunteer groups will also be present to answer your questions. We will have lots of informational brochures available and will also have a drawing at both sessions for NOAA severe weather radios. The FEMA requirements for winning one of the radios are:

Must be a Cowley County resident

Over the age of 18

Not a prior winner

Present a DL or other form of ID to prove Cowley residency

See you at the movies!!!

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

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-21-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-21-17

It’s been a super mild winter but it’s not over yet. Then again, power can go out at any time for any reason. Don’t you think it’s a good time to review preparedness and safety rules BEFORE you need to put them into practice?

Powerful storms can knock down tree limbs and power lines, causing the electricity to go out. Treat any downed power lines as “live” and do not touch them. Remember to keep children and pets away from any power lines. Be certain to report any downed power lines or poles to your power company immediately. Call 9-1-1 if you see a wire that is sparking or touching a building.

Only use generators outdoors. The fumes contain carbon monoxide (CO), a colorless, odorless gas that can quickly cause carbon monoxide poisoning and overwhelm you. Follow these generator tips to keep yourself safe:

  • Make sure your home has working battery powered or electric CO detectors with battery backup.
  • Read the owner’s manual and follow the directions.
  • Place the generator outside, well away from doors, windows, and vents. Use manufacturer supplied cords or grounded extension cords.
  • Generators need ventilation. Never place a working generator in the garage.
  • Choose an area that is dry. Coming in contact with water can cause electrocution.
  • Never smoke while fueling a generator.
  • Add fuel before you turn it on. Turn it off and let it cool down before refueling.
  • Connect the generator with heavy-duty extension cords designed for outside use. Never use cords that are fraying or broken.
  • Include a supply of prepared foods in your emergency kit that don’t have to be cooked. Only use camp stoves or barbecue grills outdoors.

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK 2-21-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK 2-21-17

Wednesday, Feb. 22 – INTERNATIONAL WORLD THINKING DAY – What if everyone in the world actually took the time on this day to think about their emergency plans and preparedness status!! Ok, so that might be a pipe dream. However, don’t let that stop you from doing your part!

 

Thursday, Feb. 23 – INTERNATIONAL DOG BISCUIT APPRECIATION DAY – Your dog will definitely appreciate the fact that you packed favorite dog biscuits in the pet “go bag.” Make sure your cats, gerbils, fish, or other pets also have some favorite snacks or comfort food on hand.

 

Sunday, Feb. 26 –NATIONAL PISTACHIO DAY – It is totally amazing how much “good for you” is wrapped up in the pistachio. Actually, the pistachio is a fruit and not a nut. It provides the body the nutrients it requires on a daily basis – rich source of vitamin B6, lowers bad cholesterol, increases energy, contains antioxidants, phosphorus for strong bones, and essential minerals. All of this is a definite argument for going out to purchase and add bags of pistachios to those emergency kits you have in your shelter, vehicle, or at work. It seems like pistachios just might be THE item to have in your kit even you have no room for additional food items.

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-13-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-13-17

Regardless of the season, it seems there is always something to be mindful of in regards to safety and preparedness. You are aware of the need – we know this because you stay tuned and read the posts! Congrats!! Remember, a good emergency plan for you and your family will cover most incidents. It differs only on whether you need to shelter in place or evacuate. It seems that, of late, we can experience all types of weather/events during the year – floods, tornadoes, fire, power outages, earthquakes and, possibly, a HAZMAT issue. Review you plan(s), inventory your preparedness kits and contact CCEM for any additional information you would like to have or share with others. GOOD JOB and Thank You for realizing how important this is, not only to you and your family, but also to the First Responders that will be serving on the front lines when an event occurs.

 

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

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – 2-13-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – 2-13-17

Monday, Feb. 13 – CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY – Good idea! Not only will it run better but this is also a good time to make sure you do not have sensitive information on the computer that is not protected with a strong password. Those pesky hackers seem to be able to access anything these days, especially if you don’t take all necessary precautions.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 15 – SINGLES AWARENESS DAY – If there are single elderly or disabled persons living in your neighborhood, don’t forget to check on them occasionally and make sure they are okay and have a preparedness bag in case of an emergency or evacuation order.

 

Friday, Feb. 17 – RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY – If you followed through on Wednesday’s suggestion, there’s one point for you. You can either build on that or pass you concern for preparedness on to family and friends. Either way, you’ve helped created awareness and preparedness to others.

 

Saturday, Feb. 18 –NATIONAL BATTERY DAY – We talked about restocking the battery supply in your home – either because so many were used up over the holidays OR some may be getting close to the expiration date. If you haven’t done so yet, this would be a good day to do that.

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-6-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-6-17

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-6-17

 

The calendar says February but the temperatures say “May!” With the unseasonal temperatures, lack of moisture and the “reliable” Kansas wind, fire danger is a reality. Be very mindful of your outdoor activities when it comes to fire pits, grills and any other burn activities you may normally engage in on your property. This is always a good time to make sure the trees, shrubs and, yes, foundation of your house, are watered. During the recent ice storm in western Kansas, it was reported that a majority of the devastation to the trees was not necessarily caused by the amount of ice on them, but the fact that drought and insects had weakened them so much. We are not done with winter yet. Take advantage of the warm days to prepare your property for the more extreme days ahead.

 

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

Special Days of the Week of 2-6-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on Special Days of the Week of 2-6-17

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK

We keep double checking the calendar to make sure it is February. Yes, it is! That makes it AMERICAN HEART and CANNED FOOD MONTH. That sounds logical but NATIONAL CHERRY and NATIONAL WEDDINGS MONTH doesn’t seem quite right.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 – KITE FLYING DAY – That could actually be most days in this state. What it does do is remind us of the dangers dry conditions and wind can cause.

 

Friday, Feb. 10 – UMBRELLA DAY – Umbrellas come in all shapes and sizes – many so compact they fit easily in a glove box or purse or coat pocket. It’s a good idea to have one or more handy. They are an instant shelter from the elements, no matter what time of year.

 

Saturday, Feb. 11 –WHITE T-SHIRT DAY – We’ve discussed this before but it bears repeating. A white t-shirt in an emergency kit is a very handy thing to have. At the very least, it can serve as: a distress signal; a way to cleanse and bind a wound; held over your mouth and nose (at a minimum of four layers thick) it can serve as a breathing filter when smoke or toxic fumes are in the air; or it can just be another layer of clothing to protect you from the elements.

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 1-23-17

Filed in EM News Comments Off on PREPAREDNESS – Week of 1-23-17

Last week, we were prepared to open “warming” shelters in case Cowley County citizens lost power during the predicted ice storm. However, were you aware that, for health reasons, most shelters will not accept pets? As a result, alternative shelters must be provided for them. Our CART group has created a resource list. When your pet has to go to an alternative shelter, here are a few things you should know and need:

Make sure identification tags are up-to-date and fastened to your pet’s collar. If possible, attached the address and phone number of your evacuation site.

Take a current photo of your pet for identification purposes.

Pack a Pet Survival Kit that will include, at minimum, all veterinarian records, any medications or special food needed, a comfort toy/blanket, and maybe some special treats.

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

TOP