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Road Closures

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None reported.

 

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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04-24-15 WX Sit-Rep

Bridge Work

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SPECIAL DAYS – Week of 4/20/15

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Wednesday, April 22 – NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY – If they survived Easter, they might also be a good item to tuck into your emergency kit to satisfy the need for a sugar rush during the height of a storm.

 

Thursday, April 23 –TAKE A CHANCE DAY – Do you feel lucky? Well, do you? The way the storms have been coming at us of late, I sure don’t. It might be a good idea to take the “chance” out of the day and make sure you have your emergency kit up to par.

 

Sunday, April 26– HUG AN AUSTRALIAN/RICHTER SCALE DAY – Finding an Australian to hug might be a bit difficult. Instead, spend some time becoming familiar with the Richter scale since we are finding ourselves being “rocked” on a fairly regular basis of late. It’s not a bad idea to know how much damage even these little shakes can do and don’t forget to do a walk around the house. Slight damage to a foundation, window or wall could become a much bigger problem down the road.

 

PREPAREDNESS – 4-20-15

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PREPAREDNESS

April is the chosen month to focus on volunteers. In the case of Emergency Management, it has become a month of ramped up activity due to storms. There are always a great many people who are willing to help in case of emergencies. However, if you are not a trained volunteer, there are several things you need to consider before rushing out.

1)      If you are not a trained spotter, please do not leave your place of shelter. Not only do you put yourself in harm’s way, but, often enough, sight-seeing traffic impedes the progress of the spotters. They are the ones actually keeping track of the storm and reporting back to the EOC so alerts can be sounded when necessary.

2)      Once a storm has passed through the area, trained first responders are called upon to go out and make an assessment of the damage. Once the assessment has been made, a plan is put into action as to how the situation will be handled. If you are not a trained first responder and not familiar with the procedure, for your own safety, please take care of your family first. At some point in time, a volunteer reception center will be opened and you will be able to report for duty there. There again, Emergency Management will know where and what volunteers will be needed and be able to direct people in the right direction, all the while keeping track of volunteers for their own safety’s sake.

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.

 

 

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.

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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