Emergency Management News

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KSOK Employee and Emergency Management Volunteer Wins Award

Brian Cunningham, the Operations Manager/Chief Engineer for KSOK received a prestigious award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, October 18, 2015. He was nominated and selected as the recipient of the Sonny Slater Award for Service to Community and Station.

Brian devotes a lot of his time to the Emergency Management Agency by volunteering for the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary (CCEA) and the Cowley County Emergency Response Team (CERT).  In addition, he is a member of the local Amateur Radio and club and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

To see specific details for the nomination and award recipients, please click below:

Nomination

Award Recipients

 

Road Closures

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Road Closed from October 29, 2015 until approximately the end of January, 2016

County Bridge #135 on 256th Rd east of Arkansas City has been scheduled for replacement thru KDOT Project #18 C 4630-01; the site is circled in red on the map below. KDOT’s contractors are handling all demo, construction, and traffic control on site. We have been informed that demolition will begin tomorrow morning, therefore the road will be closed to thru traffic from Grouse Creek Road to US Highway 166. The road will still be accessible to residents or emergency traffic on either side. Specific traffic control questions or issues should be directed to Adam Brenton with Road Safe 316-253-4990. This project is ongoing and will take approximately 90 days to complete.  

 

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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No active SITREPs.

Bridge Work

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None reported.

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK 2-8-16

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SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK
Monday, Feb. 8 – CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER DAY – This should be scheduled weekly or monthly, NOT annually! While you are cleaning out your computer, it would also be a good idea to copy all of your important information to a thumb drive and put it in your emergency preparedness kit so you always have that information with you.

Wednesday, Feb. 10 – UMBRELLA DAY – That or a good rain slicker at your fingertips is always a good idea. Why get soaked if you don’t have to. Be prepared!

Thursday, Feb. 11 – WHITE T-SHIRT DAY – Ok, white is hard to keep clean. However, in your emergency kit, it serves many uses. Not only does it serve as an extra layer of clothing, you can use it to signal someone, fold it up and use it to cover your nose and mouth to help filter smoke, dust or other pollutants AND/OR use it to filter water.

Sunday, Feb. 14– VALENTINE’S DAY – You might be tempted to purchase an emergency preparedness item for your significant other. Good idea but probably adding a couple of roses or a box of chocolates to that gift would be safe!!!!!!

CERT Classes Begin Feb. 15

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CERT Classes to Begin February 15

A good way to prepare yourself and help your community in times of disaster is to take the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. Sponsored by Cowley County Emergency Management, classes will begin on Monday, Feb. 15 and run every Monday and Wednesday through March 9. These classes are free and no long term commitment is required.

 

Classes include basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills, basic triage, fire safety and emergency preparedness plans. Emergency Management staff and volunteers and area First Responders will be presenting the classes and conducting hands on training. Anyone, despite of age or physical condition, is welcome to participate. There is a job for everyone interested in becoming involved with emergency response activities.. Students between the ages of 10 to 18 are welcome to attend but must be accompanied by a parent or designated guardian. They will not be allowed to participate in the final exercise or respond to disasters until they reach the legal age of 18.

 

If you are interested in taking the class, please call CCEM at 620/221-5469 or 441-4569 or email emergencymanagement@cowleycounty.org to enroll by Feb.11. Your email address and phone number must be on record for instructions and updated class information. Further information regarding classes will be available once you have registered for the class.

 

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK 2/1/16

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SPEC IAL DAYS OF THE WEEK

And here we are – February!! On Tuesday, the groundhog will let us know if there will be six more weeks of the same. This month we also celebrate AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, CANNED FOOD, GREAT AMERICAN PIE and NATIONAL WEDDINGS MONTH.

Monday, Feb. 1 – NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY – Free from worry if you’ve been following our hints and have all of your emergency preparedness “ducks” in a row. Doesn’t that feel good?

Tuesday, Feb. 2 – GROUND HOG DAY – Maybe he’ll see that shadow and maybe he won’t. If you are prepared for snow, ice, wind or unseasonal hot and dry weather, whether he sees his shadow or not won’t really matter, will it?

Friday, Feb. 5– NATIONAL WEATHERMAN’S DAY – That those predictions aren’t always 100% correct is not important. Mother Nature has her own agenda. However, the weatherman does give us a fairly accurate account of what is coming our way and what we might expect. The weatherman serves as our first warning to be prepared.

PREPAREDNESS – Feb. 8, 2016

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PREPAREDNESS

The wind and dry conditions we are experiencing right now spell danger in a big way. Make sure items in your yard and on your deck are secured. Low hanging or dead branches need to be trimmed and carted away and, most important of all, keep the area around your house and out buildings watered. Not only will it cut down on the dust and fire danger, your trees, shrubs and grass will appreciate the drink.

 

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 our county web site for the latest tips and weather information

 

 

 

 

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.

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – Jan. 25, 2016

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Monday, Jan. 25–BUBBLE WRAP APPRECIATION DAY – Bubble wrap is a good way to protect the valuables you plan to take to your shelter area when that becomes necessary. Once you are settled in for the duration of the storm, you can always entertain yourself by popping the bubble wrap. It’s always good to “multi-purpose” items on hand! 

 

Wednesday, Jan. 27 – PUNCH THE CLOCK DAY – Use this day to actually time yourself and your family during a fire drill. Is it taking too long to get everyone out of the house and to the designated safe location? If so, practice again and again until everyone has cut their escape times down to acceptable levels.

 

Friday, Jan. 29 – NATIONAL PUZZLE and NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY – Corn chips and a puzzle would be a good way to while away time while waiting for the storm to pass. Even better would be cheese dip or salsa with those chips!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREPAREDNESS- Week of Jan. 25, 2016

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After the Earthquake

Fortunately, the earthquakes in our area have been light enough that damage, for the most part, has been minor although a cracked foundation would hardly seem minor to a homeowner. We have, as yet, not experienced building and bridge collapses. There are a few things you might want to add to your need to know or to do list.

  • Aftershocks are common and can occur for weeks and months after the initial shock.
  • If the quake was severe in nature, quickly assess yourself and everyone in the home for injuries and the house itself for damage. If you need to leave the structure, be sure to dress in jeans, long sleeve shirt and sturdy shoes. Be sure to grab work gloves as well.
  • If damage is substantial, try to turn off the utilities as quickly as possible. If there are small fires, extinguish them. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.
  • Listen to your battery operated radio for updated emergency information and instructions.
  • If it is safe to be in your home, open closet and cabinet doors carefully. Clean up spilled medications, bleach, gasoline or other flammable liquids immediately.
  • Help people who need special assistance and keep animals under your direct control.
  • Use common sense and do not become part of the problem by getting in the way of first responders and emergency crews.

 

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 our county web site for the latest tips and weather information.

 

 

 

 

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