Emergency Management News

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Road Closures

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US 77 at Strother Field will be having work done at the RR crossing beginning July 27. The southbound lanes will completed first followed by the northbound lane. Use caution when entering these areas. Access to Strother Field from the south will be off 61st Road and from the north will be at 212th Road. Flaggers and pilot cars will be used.

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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No active SITREPs.

Bridge Work

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None reported.

SPECIAL DAYS – Week of 7/27/15

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The first few days of the week seem to be in honor of foodies!

Tuesday, July 28 – NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY – Wednesday, July 29 – NATIONAL LASAGNA DAY – Thursday, July 30 – NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY – These all are great things to eat. However, they don’t keep well in an emergency kit. It is a good reminder to think about packing nutritious foods and not just comfort foods in the kit.


Friday, July 31 – MUTT’S DAY – Be they mutts or purebreds, your pets also need to be provided for with their regular nutritious diet, especially during times of emergency when their stress level can also be high.


Sunday, August 2 – INTERNATIONAL FORGIVENESS DAY – If you are not as prepared as you could be for a disastrous event, you can be forgiven (today only) but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get started on the preparations ASAP!


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Kit Storage Locations


A couple of weeks ago, we discussed maintaining your emergency kit. Maintenance is important but so is the storage location. You do not know where you will be when an emergency occurs. You should actually have supplies for home, work and in your vehicles. This week, we will cover your home storage:


  • Your disaster supply kit should contain essential food, water and supplies for at least three days.
  • Keep the kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept. (You may have a kit for a “shelter in place” scenario. It will probably be better stocked than the kit you have to “grab and run” – one we refer to as a “go bag.”)  It would be wise to have a “go bag” stored next to the larger emergency supply kit because the “go bag” should have your contact and vital information in it (medical, contact, insurance and financial information).
  • Regarding the kit prepared for your home, you might actually want to supply it with items to last you and your family for up to two weeks.


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 website 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.