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KSOK Employee and Emergency Management Volunteer Wins Award

Brian Cunningham, the Operations Manager/Chief Engineer for KSOK received a prestigious award from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday, October 18, 2015. He was nominated and selected as the recipient of the Sonny Slater Award for Service to Community and Station.

Brian devotes a lot of his time to the Emergency Management Agency by volunteering for the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary (CCEA) and the Cowley County Emergency Response Team (CERT).  In addition, he is a member of the local Amateur Radio and club and the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).

To see specific details for the nomination and award recipients, please click below:


Award Recipients


Road Closures

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Road Closed from October 29, 2015 until approximately the end of January, 2016

County Bridge #135 on 256th Rd east of Arkansas City has been scheduled for replacement thru KDOT Project #18 C 4630-01; the site is circled in red on the map below. KDOT’s contractors are handling all demo, construction, and traffic control on site. We have been informed that demolition will begin tomorrow morning, therefore the road will be closed to thru traffic from Grouse Creek Road to US Highway 166. The road will still be accessible to residents or emergency traffic on either side. Specific traffic control questions or issues should be directed to Adam Brenton with Road Safe 316-253-4990. This project is ongoing and will take approximately 90 days to complete.  


Severe Weather Situation Reports

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No active SITREPs.

Bridge Work

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None reported.

PREPAREDNESS – Nov. 30, 2015

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If you have not taken the opportunity to check out our county website, please take a moment to do so. The information posted includes our volunteer services and programs, siren schedules, emergency preparedness (including the 20 weeks schedule), weather awareness and county wide emergency support functions. You can access our information by entering cowleycounty.org/em or learn about other county agencies by entering cowleycounty.org and going to the drop down menu to select the office you need.


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 – Week of 11/30/15

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December is upon us. It’s no surprise that it is designated as WRITE A FRIEND month (and also Bingo month)


Tuesday, Dec. 1 – EAT A RED APPLE DAY – Ok, you can cheat and eat a yellow or green apple. Just remember, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” This, in turn, means you are healthy and ready to deal with whatever may come your way!


Thursday, Dec. 3 – NATIONAL ROOF OVER YOUR HEAD DAY – Something to definitely be grateful for! Make sure it stays in excellent condition by keeping branches away from it and gutters cleaned out. It’s what stands between you and the elements. In Kansas, that’s a lot of elements!!!


Saturday, Dec. 5 – BATHTUB PARTY DAY – Let’s move on from those college days! A bathtub is a very handy receptacle to hold extra water for your needs during an emergency. Hopefully you have a supply of drinking water set aside for emergency situations. Have you thought about other needs – washing hands and faces, brushing teeth, rinsing dishes, etc.

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.