Emergency Management News

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Road Closures

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Flooding Related Road Closures

The following roads have been closed due to ongoing river flooding. These will be closed until further notice.

  • Cowley 2 (30th Road) west of Rock
  • 286th Road between 41st Road and the river
  • 202nd Road between 11th and 21st Roads
  • West Chestnut Avenue (Arkansas City) west of the old bridge

(Last updated: 7/6 at 1pm)

 

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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May 26, 2016 Wx Sit-Rep

Bridge Work

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None reported.

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 8-22-16

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As we saw again this weekend, heavy rains and flooded streets are serious business. At the least, your brakes can go out or the car can stall. At the worse, your car can be swept away and you may or may not be able to get out in time to save yourself. With more heavy rains expected this week to keep area creeks and rivers swollen, when you come to a road with water over it, don’t assume anything. TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN. A detour is better than a drowning.

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 – Week of 8-22-16

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Monday, Aug. 22 – BE AN ANGEL DAY – An easy way to comply is to share with those near and dear the “why and what” of emergency preparedness. Urging others to think ahead and plan for disastrous events (and hoping you never have to implement those plans) is a good thing.

 

Tuesday, Aug. 23 –RIDE THE WIND DAY – That’s pretty appropriate for this state, isn’t it? Hopefully, if you’ve lived in Kansas long enough, you know how to keep things tied down and secured so your lawn furniture and other outdoor items don’t end up “riding the wind!”

 

Friday, Aug. 26 – NATIONAL DOG DAY – Take the time today to make sure your dog (and other pets) has an emergency kit. You will want to make sure you include food, treats, a comfort toy or blanket, any medications or specialty items the dog/pet needs AND vet records regarding shots, etc. If your pet would need to go to a shelter for a time, those records would definitely be very important. You might also want to include a picture of your pet in the bag for identification purposes in the event you are separated.

 

Saturday, Aug. 27 – JUST BECAUSE DAY – Just because you have made preparations for your own safety (and that of your family) and have made sure your home is as well prepared as it can be (chemicals stored safely, trees and shrubs trimmed properly, outside items secured from high winds), you should make this an extra special fun day. Just because!!

 

 

Preparedness – Week of 8-15-16

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PREPAREDNESS

It seems as though every week we hear about or experience a weather related issue that directly affects a number of people. Our first reaction is to respond and assist as quickly as possible. Although well-meaning, this is not always the best thing to do unless you are a trained first responder. Stay put until an assessment of the area is complete and need has been determined. At that time, a call for assistance will go out – where to meet and what type of help/equipment is needed. Remember, your safety is also important so please stay put until you know you are needed, safe routes to take, and what you will need to have to perform the necessary tasks. Even our volunteer groups do not self-deploy so do not think you are not doing your part by staying put. You ARE doing your part by waiting for the assignment.

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 8-15-16

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Wednesday, Aug. 17 – NATIONAL THRIFTSHOP DAY – If your excuse for not compiling a “go bag” for yourself and/or everyone else in the family because of the expense, try shopping your local thrift store for a tote or back pack and those other extras you would need – battery operated radio (see Saturday), raincoat, extra jeans, sweater, extra book, etc.

 

Saturday, Aug. 20 –NATIONAL RADIO DAY – Having a few small battery operated radios available to put in a “go bag” or emergency preparedness kit is a good idea. (See Wednesday)  At the very least, have extra batteries on hand to make sure your severe weather radio will continue giving you alerts when you take it with you. You do have a severe weather radio, right??

 

Sunday, Aug. 21 – SENIOR CITIZEN’S DAY – Being a “senior citizen” means you are supposed to have lots of time on your hands. (This is theory, not reality!) So, today, spend some of that “free time” compiling information, a list, or an emergency kit for your family members. You know how kids are – they always put things off for another day!

 

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 8/8/16

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Thank goodness for the recent rains. It takes away a fire danger and brings relief to all growing things (and to gardeners who have been manning hoses/sprinklers constantly). Severe, but not destructive, storms are still in the forecast for a few days and flooding could become a concern. If you have noticed any problem areas around your property, be sure to address them as quickly as possible. If you don’t have the time to do it now, make note of what needs to be done (ditch cleaned out, dead branches removed, gutters cleared out, water running toward instead of away from foundation) and take care of it at the next possible moment. Taking care of immediate or potential problems may, most likely, prevent a crisis situation at a later point in time.

 

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 – 8/8/16

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Tuesday, Aug. 9 – BOOK LOVER’S DAY – There’s nothing like a good book to take your mind off of what is going on around you. Do you or a child in the family have favorite books you want to read again and again? Put a couple of those books in your emergency kit to have handy for that time when a distraction would be welcome.

 

Wednesday, Aug. 10 – NATIONAL S’MORES and LAZY DAY – Somehow, those two go together. When all the preparedness work is done, enjoy a lazy day and make up some s’mores as a special reward for a job well done.

 

Saturday, Aug. 13 – LEFT HANDER’S DAY – As you well know, if there is a “leftie” in the family, there are some items that work better for them if they are designated for left-handed people. Scissors come to mind immediately. If the “leftie” promises not to run with the scissors, this is an item you want to make sure is in the emergency kit!!!

 

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – Week of Aug. 1, 2016

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Here we go again – expressing surprise that 2/3 of the year is already gone! August is ADMIT YOU ARE HAPPY, NATIONAL EYEL EXAM, ROMANCE AWARENESS and WATER QUALITY MONTH! This is also NATIONAL SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE WEEK (good one!)

 

Wednesday, Aug. 3 – NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY – If you are tired of drinking water all the time to try to keep hydrated in this heat, switch to having some watermelon – you can just eat a slice, have a frozen chunk and pretend it’s a popsicle or juice it up and add a bit of lime or lemon to get some extra vitamin C. However you take it, it’s good for you.

 

Friday, Aug. 5 – WORK LIKE A DOG DAY – Well, most dogs just like to lay around in the shade and stay cool this time of year. It might be a good idea to go with that interpretation!

Saturday, Aug. 6 –WIGGLE YOUR TOES DAY – If you have worked hard to make sure all preparedness plans and kits are up-to-date, feel free to wiggle your toes in the pool, in the sand or while lounging in your favorite chair. You deserve it. Just keep in mind that severe weather is not just a March – June event and any time of emergency/disaster can occur any time of any day!

 

 

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