PREPAREDNESS – Week of 2-21-17

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – 1-23-17

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Monday, Jan. 23 – MEASURE YOUR FEET DAY – Your feet PROBABLY haven’t grown lately, unless you haven’t reached adulthood yet. Then again, changes do happen and those shoes that were comfortable last year may not be so now. This might be a good day to check your emergency kit and/or “go bag” to make sure the shoes you have tucked away in there are still comfortable.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 24 – COMPLIMENT DAY – Everybody likes a compliment now and then but it’s not often easy to think of just the right thing to say. So, if someone has given you good advice about or helped you set up your emergency preparedness plan/kit, tell them how much you really appreciated their help.

 

Saturday, Jan. 28 –CHINESE NEW YEARS and DATA PRIVACY DAY – If you failed to make a New Year’s resolution or two, now is your chance to correct the problem. Do it for Chinese New Year. (Hint: Disaster preparedness would be a good resolution to make)

We rely so much on our electronic devices – smart phones and computers are at the top of the list. Using your phone for everything – including banking and on-line purchases – is so convenient but you need to make sure your information is as secure as it can possibly be. Thinking your information cannot be hacked is like playing Russian roulette. How lucky do you really feel?

 

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK 1-17-17

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Tuesday, Jan. 17 – DITCH NEW YEARS’ RESOLUTIONS DAY – Almost three weeks into the New Year and we are ditching resolutions? If you didn’t put health and safety on your resolution’s list, you might want to ditch those others and concentrate on these two!

 

Wednesday, Jan. 18 – THESAURUS DAY – Have you ever looked up the definition of “emergency?”  Noun:  a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.  Synonyms: crisis, urgent situation disaster catastrophe, calamity, danger. Another is: An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation, although in some situations, mitigation may not be possible and agencies may only be able to offer palliative care for the aftermath.

After reading through those definitions, doesn’t that make you want to either review all of your emergency plans and preparations OR get with the program if you haven’t done that yet?

 

Saturday, Jan. 21 –SQUIRREL APPRECIATION DAY – Cute little critters that are fun to watch! They also set a good example for all of us – store supplies for “rainy days ahead” and grow an extra bushy tail for extreme cold. We should take hints from them to prepare for what may lie ahead

 

 

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 1-17-17

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What a difference one or two degrees will make when a severe winter storm is bearing down on your area. We dodged the bullet but other parts of the state and country were not so lucky. Did you heed the warnings and prepare for what might have been a dangerous situation? Were there things you forgot or didn’t have? While the thoughts of what could have been are still in your mind, take a look at your inventory and make a list of things you wish you had or need to add to your plan. If you have questions or want more information, contact our office now. Be like those squirrels running around your yard – prepare now!

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

CCEM Volunteers Purchase New Equipment

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September was National Preparedness Month. Hints and reminders were posted daily. As we slide into October, we want to share what the CCEM volunteer groups have done to ensure they are as well prepared as they can be.

CCEM Volunteers Purchase New Equipment

The Cowley County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Emergency Auxiliary (CCEA) volunteer groups have spent the past two years raising funds to purchase additional and replacement communication equipment. With the assistance of several anonymous donors through the Legacy Foundation and the fund raising projects, the groups were able to order their new equipment last month.

Whether out spotting storms, assisting with traffic control or conducting search and rescue operations, being in constant communication with each other and the command center is vital to the safety of the volunteer teams. For the last several years, the amount of available communication equipment has decreased due to age and the growth of the groups. Through the formation of a non-profit organization (CCERV, Inc.) by the combined emergency management volunteer groups, the effort to raise money for radios began in earnest.

CCEA, familiarly known as the storm spotters, was able to purchase five Public Service radios to replace several old radios and provide equipment to newly trained volunteers. CCEA members usually have mobile radios in their vehicles for wider range as they follow storms throughout the county. They use the hand held radios when out of their vehicles to assess damage or assist with traffic control.

The CERT volunteers were able to purchase eight radios with mics in addition to 10 Family Radio Service (FRS) radios. The FRS radios are used for work in smaller areas. Since volunteers work in teams with a designated team leader, they are able to communicate with the team leader by using the less expensive equipment. The team leader, in turn, is able to communicate with the command center through the use of the more powerful PS radio that is also compatible with law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel.

A number of the volunteers now hold ham radio licenses. When communication towers become inoperable and phone lines are down, the ham radio is often the only form of communication left. As a result, the volunteer groups are encouraging their members to take the course and get a license. CERT and CCEA purchase the manuals used in the course by their members. The only expense to the volunteer is the cost of the test.

Through additional fund raising, the groups hope to continue updating and expanding their communication equipment. They also want to increase the number of volunteers with a ham radio license and, possibly, add an inventory of ham radio equipment to the department. When working in emergency situations created either by nature or man, the safety of the volunteers is important and the best way to ensure their safety is through training and communication.

Anyone interested in additional information about the emergency volunteer groups can contact the office at 221-5469 or stop by 321 East 10th.

 

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