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 (July 25, 2016)

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Not all emergencies are storm related – the a/c might quit working, there might be a fire, there could even be a medical emergency in the family, an area wide chemical spill or a massive power outage. All of these things could make you want/need to evacuate your home as quickly as possible. If every member of your family has a “go bag” on the ready, it will certainly make leaving home a lot less hectic and stressful. Need a refresher on what to pack? Email us for a copy of the list.

 

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 (July 25, 2016)

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Monday, July 25 – THREADING THE NEEDLE DAY – Having a small sewing kit in your emergency bag is not a bad idea. As you know, buttons have a tendency to fly off your clothing at the most inconvenient of moments. If necessary, you can also remove splinters with a needle. Just make sure you have sterilized it with a cotton swab and alcohol before you attempt that feat.

 

Wednesday, July 27 – TAKE YOUR PANTS FOR A WALK DAY – Hopefully they are on you when you do!! Although the temps are rising, it’s not a bad idea to have a tough pair of jeans in that go bag. You want to make sure you are adequately protected if you have to pick through debris, drag limbs to the curb, work on your roof OR change a tire on a vehicle.

 

Saturday, July 30 –INTERNATIONAL DAY OF FRIENDSHIP – One of the ways to prove your friendship is to share your ideas and information about emergency preparedness with your besties!

 

Sunday, July 31 –SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR APPRECIATION DAY – The worse of nightmares would be to walk into the office on Monday morning and nothing worked. Who do you think keeps things running as smoothly as possible? That’s right!!! Do take the time (although it might be a couple of days early or a day late) to thank your system administrator and the team!

 

SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – 7/18/16

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SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK

 

Wednesday, July 20 – NATIONAL LOLLIPOP, MOON AND UGLY TRUCK DAY – You can actually celebrate all three special events on this day if you have an ugly truck! Go for a ride in the ugly truck that has the appropriate emergency kit packed in it (well stocked with hot weather items) under an almost full moon while enjoying your favorite flavored lollipop. It’s easy to relax and enjoy when you know you are prepared!

Thursday, July 22 –RATCATCHER’S DAY– What can be said about this other than making sure no rodents are in or near your property? They are a health hazard and can create an untold amount of damage. This is something you definitely want to address immediately.

Sunday, July 24 –AMELIA EARHART DAY – Unlike Amelia, don’t get lost! Make sure you know the route, have a map for back-up (in case your GPS can’t get the signal) and always have those essential supplies with you – water, snacks, etc.

 

PREPAREDNESS – WEEK OF 7/18/16

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It looks like we will be tested again this week with continued high temperatures and humidity. It can’t be said enough – this is a dangerous situation if you don’t take the necessary precautions. Limit your time outdoors, make sure you keep hydrated. Check on friends and neighbors. Animals, plants, trees and shrubs also become stressed. Just be mindful of the dangers the summer heat can cause.

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 OF THE WEEK – July 11, 2016

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Wednesday, July 13 – FOOL’S PARADISE DAY – If you think it can’t happen here, you are in a fool’s paradise. As we have seen, disasters can happen anytime, anywhere and are diverse in nature. You need to be prepared for anything, anytime, anywhere – please!!!

Thursday, July 14 –PANDEMONIUM DAY– See Wednesday. If you are live in fool’s paradise, the result will be, without doubt, pandemonium!!!! Don’t let this happen to you.

Friday, July 15 –COW APPRECIATION DAY – Well, this is a no-brainer. We do appreciate our rib eye steaks, hamburgers, ice cream, purses and shoes. It’s a good reminder to us that all things are interactive and dependent upon one another. Appreciate and celebrate!

 

PREPAREDNESS – Week of July 11, 2016

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PREPAREDNESS

The Eureka tornado resulted in several entities from Cowley County going over to assist. CCEM’s John Stradal went over to set up and provide communications and IT assistance. Greg and Kristi Powers of Operation BBQ Relief were on hand to help feed citizens of Eureka and the volunteers. This event brings home for the first response agencies in Kansas the reason we attended a MARC (Multi Agency Resource Center) training several weeks ago. Staying current on training and continually interfacing with other agencies helps us stay ready to respond to and better assist the citizens of Cowley County.

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 7-5-16

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It seems like after July 4th has come and gone, it’s a rapid downhill slide to back to school preparations, the fall and winter holidays and the welcome of another new year. July is also: NATIONAL BLUEBERRY, NATIONAL ANTI-BOREDOM AND NATIONAL CELL PHONE COURTESY month.

 

Tuesday, July 5 – WORK-A-HOLICS DAY – After a three day weekend, you should be ready to hit the ground running to get things done – especially if you don’t have those “go bags” up to date. The weekend flooding in certain areas should have been a reminder that evacuation issues can arise with little or no warning. The same goes for wild fires.

Thursday, July 7 – CHOCOLATE DAY– Always a good idea to have some comfort food (aka chocolate) tucked away in an emergency kit or “go bag.” Just because you think you have some packed away, you had best double check. You never know when someone might have declared an “emergency” and broke into the stash.

Saturday, July 9 –DEXTER BBQ FUN RUN/WALK DAY – It’s still not too late to participate. Just be at the Dexter park before the 7:30 AM start time to register. Where else can you run/walk while being escorted (on bikes, of course) by city and county law enforcement personnel? Call us or go on our county website for more information.

 

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