Emergency Management News

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Cowley County Emergency Management, in cooperation with the Cowley County Amateur Radio Club, will be offering an entry-level Amateur Radio class starting March 2nd.  For more information, click here.

Road Closures

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Weather Situation Reports

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01-13-17 WX Sit-Rep

01-12-17 WX Sit-Rep

Bridge Work

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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

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK 1-9-17

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SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10 – HOUSEPLANT APPRECIATION DAY – Houseplants can help purify the air in your home. That’s good to know, especially when we close the house up tight during the cold winter days.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 11 – STEP IN A PUDDLE AND SPLASH YOUR FRIEND’S DAY – Actually, I would strongly advise against that if you want to keep that friend. However, if you do step in a puddle, make sure you have dry shoes and socks available – that’s something you definitely want to have on hand in a “go” bag or emergency kit.

 

Friday, Jan. 13 –IT’S FRIDAY THE 13TH but it can also be MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE DAY – Friday the 13th doesn’t have to be unlucky. If you’ve been thinking about completing or reorganizing your emergency preparedness kit(s), get it done today and change your luck. By completing this task, you’ve made one of your dreams come true. Congrats!!

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 1-9-17

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PREPAREDNESS – Week of 1-9-17

So the holidays have tapped into your spare battery supply because the new toys, gadgets and decorations needed to be powered. You meant to restock but haven’t done it yet. As we know, winter weather can easily lead to ice storms, heavy snows and power outages. If you haven’t done the battery restock yet and your flashlights are getting low, what do you do? Did you know that if you have solar powered lights outside along a walkway or patio, you can bring them indoors at night to help you light up the house? In the morning, just set them back outside to recharge. Until you can safely make the trip to the store, they will work.

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 1-3-17

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And we are into another year! January is NATIONAL Bath Safety, Hobby, Hot Tea, Oatmeal and Soup MONTH – all things appropriate to a long, cold winter month.

Wednesday, Jan. 4 – TRIVIA DAY – A good way to be safe, warm and well, is to stay inside and play a game of Trivia. Its fun and it will ward away the winter doldrums by keeping your mind active. It might also be a good game to put in the “at home” emergency kit.

 

Thursday, Jan. 5 – NATIONAL BIRD DAY – Do you like to watch and listen to the birds that hang around your yard all year? Remember, like the pets you own, birds could also use some extra care during the extremely cold months. Plenty of bird seed and water in a sheltered area of your yard will ensure they will stick around to serenade you all year round.

 

Friday, Jan. 6 –NATIONAL CUDDLE UP DAY – Why limit this to one day? Long winter nights (and days, if you can swing it) call for cuddling up. Just remember, even if you are stuck out in a snow drift or without power, having plenty of warm clothes and blankets to cuddle up in can very well be a life-saving plan.

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of 1-3-17

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Winter weather can be just as dangerous as those summer time storms if you don’t know how to get real-time alerts and warnings ahead of time. One in three people don’t know how to do that, according to the EMA National Household Survey. In addition to listening to weather alerts on your radio or television, Cowley County Emergency Communications has activated a new Emergency Alert System. You will be alerted to critical weather information as soon as it becomes available so you can take action to be safe. You have the option of being alerted via your home phone, email or text messages on your cell phone when you are on the go.

Anyone with a land line is already in the CCEC (911 Dispatch) system. If you want alerts to come to you through email or text message, you will need to register your device with the system. To do so, go to the Cowley County website home page. On the right hand side, you will see a site listed as “New Emergency Alert System.” Click on that site and then complete the form. You will be able to decide which device(s) and which format you want to use to receive messages. If you have a NOAA Weather Radio, it also serves as a warning system all year round if you keep it plugged in and make sure the batteries are working.

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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