Emergency Management News

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Road Closures

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Road Closed SW of Udall

A low water crossing that has been damaged southwest of Udall at Sand Creek. Road & Bridge has barricaded and closed 5th Rd from 102nd Rd to 112th Rd until further notice. Location is circled in RED in the map below.

 

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Road Work Scheduled

KDOT has scheduled road work which will cause traffic delays. The work is as follows:

March 30, 2016: K-15 over the Walnut River east of Udall for bridge repair. Traffic signals will be installed and traffic will be down to one lane at all times. The project should last about four weeks.

 

 

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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No active Sit-Reps

Bridge Work

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None reported.

PREPAREDNESS – May 16

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Be Prepared. Make a Plan. Practice. Many of you have been following Emergency Management pointers regarding emergency preparedness kits, identifying shelter areas and knowing what types of disaster may occur in your community. Awesome! Now, if you haven’t already done so, make a plan for those disasters. You need to think about shelter in place, evacuate and what to do when the family is scattered about away from home. Make sure everyone knows and understands the plan to cover these situations. Then, practice the plan. You may discover that it sounds better than it is feasible. If that’s the case, it’s back to the drawing board to revise it until it works. Then remember the adage “practice makes perfect.”

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

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – May 16

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Monday, May 16 – LOVE A TREE DAY – A shade of a tree in the summer is the best! Just make sure that tree is kept trimmed away from the roof and dead limbs are removed. Kansas winds can turn that tree into a weapon that will destroy your roof and/or other possession.

 

Wednesday, May 18 – VISIT YOUR RELATIVES DAY– It’s always fun to visit a favorite relative and catch up on family news. While you are at it, make sure your aunt, cousin, etc. is as well prepared for an emergency as you are to ensure many more visits in the days to come.

 

Friday, May 20 – BE A MILLIONAIRE DAY – You don’t have to win the lottery to feel like a millionaire. (But, wouldn’t that be great!) Just make sure you and your friends and relatives have all of those emergency preparedness plans and supplies up to date and in place.

 

Saturday, May 21 – NATIONAL MEMO DAY – Note to self: Be prepared, Make a plan, Practice!!!!!!

 

SPECIAL DAYS of the WEEK May 9, 2016

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SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK

 

Wednesday, May 11 – TWILIGHT ZONE DAY– If you have been up late because of storms or find yourself rushing around to gather up essential emergency items, you might feel like you are in the Twilight Zone. Get prepared now and you will be able to rest easier come the next set of storms. (Hint: later this week)

 

Thursday, May 12 – FATIGUE SYNDROME DAY – (see Wednesday’s note and suggestion)

 

Friday, May 13 – FRIDAY the 13th, FROG JUMPING and LEPRECHAUN DAY – This is the only Friday the 13th in 2016 – thank goodness. There is nothing in our preparedness information that gives instructions on how to deal with jumping frogs or Leprechauns. All in all, it might just be good to stay home.

 

Saturday, May 14 – INTERNATIONAL MIGRATORY BIRD DAY – Sometimes when the winds howl, tornado warnings are issued or the ice coats everything, we often wish we could fly away to a warmer and calmer place. Then again, we are Kansans and we can deal because we know HOW TO PREPARE and what to expect.
 

Preparedness – May 9, 2016

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Weekly, we provide you with information to keep you up to date on emergency preparedness and plans. Now, to help keep you safe, we are also going to tell you what not to do. First of all, during storms of any kind, please stay put and do not get in the way of those trained to respond to situations. We have trained spotters that will be out evaluating storms and search and rescue teams that will need to respond quickly when deployed. They would prefer to not get caught in a traffic jam. Next, once the “event” is over, many feel the need to rush out and help. For your own safety, tune in to a local radio station and learn where the volunteer reception center will be set up. By registering as a volunteer, you will become a member of a team (there is safety in numbers) and be given assignments best suited to your abilities. You will also be directed where needed instead of ending up where a homeowner may not want you to be, doing what they may not want you to do. In other words, in times of emergency, the best thing you can do is to do nothing until the situation has been assessed by trained responders and the call for volunteers is made.

 

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

PREPAREDNESS – May 2, 2016

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Last week’s storms had just enough punch to them to make us take notice. We dodged the bullet, for the most part. However, hopefully it was enough to make everyone take notice and take inventory of their preparedness status. If you have ANY questions as to what and how, PLEASE do not hesitate to contact us or visit our office (basement of the Courthouse South Annex – 321 East 10th) for information and answers to questions. Remember, planning ahead of time will help lessen the stress of the actual event.

 

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

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – May 2, 2016

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April showers bring May flowers. It’s May but those flowers bloomed in March! Needless to say, thank goodness for those late April showers – they help the Kansas wheat grow! May is also NATIONAL DATE YOUR MATE, BLOOD PRESSURE AND RECOMMITMENT MONTH.

 

Monday, May 2– BABY DAY – Make sure you have an emergency preparedness bag for that new baby. As we all know, they need LOTS of stuff and aren’t real prone to waiting too long for it!

 

Wednesday, May 4 – RENEWAL DAY – We are starting to see some severe weather action here. Make sure you have checked your preparedness kit and have renewed certain items in it – water, food items, batteries and weather appropriate clothing.

 

Sunday, May 8 – MOTHER’S DAY, NO SOCKS DAY – To all the mothers, thank you and have a Happy Day. Regarding socks, sometimes a pair of dry socks feels so much better than no socks. You don’t have to wear them, just have an extra pair handy in the emergency kit in case you change your mind.

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.

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