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Road Closures

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172nd Road (170′) west of 211th Road is closed for the repair of a gas line. It should be opened on Saturday, Dec 13, 2014.

 

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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No active SitReps.

Bridge Work

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None reported.

PREPAREDNESS – Dec.22, 2014

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All year long, you have been following Cowley County Emergency Management’s weekly tips to help you be better prepared for emergencies that may occur in your home, vehicle, job or school and community. You look to us for continual updates when inclement weather approaches. Not only do we work to keep you informed, we also strive to make this county a safer place to be by developing, reviewing, and revising emergency plans. In addition, we have a great group of volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours each year to training and preparing for disaster events and assisting with community events. We give a HUGE thank you to the volunteers who make up the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary (CCEA), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Cowley Animal Response Team (CART), and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

 

May your holidays be joyous and SAFE!

 

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.

 

 

 

SPECIAL DAYS – Week of Dec. 22, 2014

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This is such an interesting week in addition to the excitement and joy the Christmas season brings to most. Today is National Date Nut Bread Day, Tuesday is Roots Day, Wednesday is National Chocolate and National Egg Nog Day, Thursday is Christmas and National Pumpkin Pie Day and Saturday is National Fruitcake Day. One would think Sunday should be Anti Acid Day! And, as a reminder, be sure your preparedness kit does have some type of anti acid medication in it! Actually, Sunday is Card Playing Day – probably because you won’t be able to move enough to do anything else!!! Oh, a deck of cards is a good thing to have in an emergency kit – really!

Happy Holidays to all!

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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