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Road Closures

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No road closures reported.

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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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.

PREPAREDNESS – October 13, 2014

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Cowley County Emergency Management was a recent recipient of a grant totaling $2,532.00 from the Kansas Pipeline Association. These funds were used to purchase additional and updated equipment for the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary (storm spotters) and County Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Since there are 12 active pipelines running through the county, the KPA has a vested interest in assisting the groups with equipment needed to be more effective during a call for response. Items purchased with the funds included additional mobile radios, anemometers to measure wind speed and environmental conditions, and additional safety vests.

Michael Potvin, KPA president, issued this statement: “The Kansas Pipeline Association (KPA) is a non-profit organization consisting of more than 45 pipeline operators in the state. Our organization introduces emergency responders and public officials to the basics of pipeline recognition and encourages everyone to use the state one-call underground damage prevention program. KPA also focuses on providing Kansas emergency responders with the information they need to protect our nation’s critical assets and ensure the safety of the communities they serve. It is in this effort that the Kansas Pipeline Association is pleased to partner with Cowley County Emergency Management personnel and help to fund the purchase of much needed equipment. It is also an honor to be able to give back to the same communities in which our employees also live and work.”

Cowley County Emergency Management response volunteers are trained to respond and assist with a variety of disasters and situations. The groups are no longer funded by Citizen Corps monies and, as such, are responsible for raising their own funds to purchase needed equipment. “The grant received from the KPA was greatly appreciated,” said Brian Stone, Director of Emergency Management. “The funds allow for the purchase of safety and communications equipment necessary for volunteers.”

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 www.cowleycounty.org/EM  for the latest tips and weather information.


SPECIAL DAYS OF THE WEEK – October 20, 2014

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Tuesday, Oct. 21 – COUNT YOUR BUTTONS DAY – As you get ready to switch your supplies and gear from summer to winter in your emergency preparedness kit, make sure that your winter wear is going to keep you warm – buttons attached, zippers working.

NATIONAL BABBLING DAY – In spite of it being a “babbling day,” please don’t do that if you are sharing your hints with others regarding emergency plans and preparation.

Wednesday, Oct. 22 – NATIONAL NUT DAY – The reference here is to the kind you eat – we hope. Nuts are a good source of protein and natural oils and have a great shelf life…….a good item to pack in with your emergency supplies.

Saturday, Oct. 25 – MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY – We can all make a difference and it doesn’t have to be a major production. Just make sure the people you care about are as informed and prepared as you are in case a disaster strikes.



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.