Emergency Management News

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Road Closures

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No road closures reported.

Severe Weather Situation Reports

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April 2, 2014 WX Sit-Rep

Bridge Work

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None Reported.



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Week of 4/14/14


Monday, April 14 – LOOK UP AT THE SKY DAY – In Kansas during the spring, that’s a pretty good habit to acquire. Those dark clouds can sneak up on you if you aren’t alert!


Wednesday, April 16 – NATIONAL STRESS AWARENESS DAY – During severe weather season, it is stressful thinking about when it will happen and where everyone will be. If you have a family plan and are prepared, that’s one less stress for each day and you can spend more time thinking about those other stressors you are going to tackle and conquer!


Thursday, April 17 – BLAH, BLAH, BLAH DAY – That’s probably what you often think about CCEM’s special days. But seriously, aren’t you glad you logged on?

NATIONAL HIGH FIVE DAY – Surely you have a friend or two as well prepared as you are. Seek them out and do a “high five!” If you alone in your preparedness, you need to have a talk with your friends – seriously!


Sunday, April 20 – VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION DAY – CCEM is very proud of our volunteers and the hours they dedicate to training and preparing for whatever disastrous events may occur. If you are a volunteer for any organization, school or church, thank you for your dedication and time spend helping others!



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During the month of April, National Volunteer Month, Cowley County Emergency Management celebrates and honors all of its first response volunteer groups. This week, the focus is on the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary, aka “storm spotters.”


Founded in 1985, CCEA consists of trained, dependable volunteers who assist in protecting and preserving the life, limb and property of the citizens of Cowley County during times of natural and man-made disasters.” These are the men and women who report up-to-the-minute storm locations to the Emergency Operations Center. They leave the comfort and safety of their homes, risking their lives and their vehicles, in order to provide accurate and timely storm information and alerts to Cowley and the surrounding counties.


CCEA members have dedicated thousands of hours through the years to the safety and well-being of county residents. Not only do they spot (not chase) storms, but they spend many hours training and assisting with numerous community functions. If you know an Auxiliary member, take the time to stop and thank them for their service. Their vehicles are always recognizable by the call number license tag on the front bumper.  To assist with training and equipment expenses, donations can also be made to the group through the Legacy Foundation, Inc.









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In recognition of Volunteer Appreciation Month, Cowley County Emergency Management would like to highlight one of the volunteer organizations each week who are involved in some aspect of emergency response. Each group has a specific purpose but all work together when emergency situations arise. The groups are Cowley County Emergency Response Volunteers, Inc. (CCERV, Inc.); Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary (CCEA aka storm spotters); County Animal Response Team (CART); Community Emergency Response Team (CERT); and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).


All of the above groups meet on a monthly basis and engage in continual “boots on the ground” and instructional training to maintain readiness status.  In the past, Citizen Corps funds were available to finance supplies, equipment and training costs. Due to government cut-backs, these funds no longer exist. Since problem solving and crisis management are two things these groups do well, they banded together to find a solution. The solution was to form a non-profit organization to help them raise funds through donations and grants. CCERV, Inc. evolved.


Two representatives from each volunteer group plus one community member began meeting in the summer of 2013 to form a plan for a non-profit organization for all four groups under one umbrella. This group is believed to be the first of its kind in the State of Kansas. In January of 2014, CCERV, Inc. officially adopted its by-laws and elected officers. It then obtained 501©3 status by association with The Legacy Foundation, Inc. in Winfield, a move that will allow them to apply for grants and offer tax exemptions to individuals and businesses making donations. These donations can be made to Legacy for a specific volunteer group or to be divided equally among all four groups as designated by the donor.


These Emergency Management volunteer groups are dedicated to being well-trained responders, whenever the need arises, in Cowley County and beyond. To remain so, they need to raise funds for supplies, safety equipment and training. They also welcome any citizen wanting to join one or more of the groups to enhance the preparedness status of Cowley County. More information can be obtained by calling the EOC at 620/221-0470 or 441-4569 or through email at emergencymanagement@cowleycounty.org.

PREPAREDNESS – March 24, 2014

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The weather is such a tease these days. However, warm or just darn right hot days are just ahead. Many welcome the thought after the winter we have had. Although we are not sure just what lies ahead, what we do know is that drought has been a serious issue for the past several years and continues to be a current concern. The dry conditions present problems all their own – fire hazards, trees and plants struggling to survive, blowing dust to kick our allergies in full gear. It can also present a hazard to our homes. Noticed little cracks appearing in walls, foundation, patio or driveway that were never there until recently? Chances are, it really isn’t earthquake damage but due to extra dry conditions.


Most of us put away hoses and cut the water supply to outside hydrants so the lines won’t freeze during winter months. Chances are it’s safe to get the outside hydrants back in operation. When you do, you might want to give a thought to watering your foundation. Yes, water your foundation.  During hot and dry conditions, dirt pulls away and compacts which, in turn, causes things (including your house) to shift and settle. Give thought to watering your home’s foundation. You won’t grow a new home or additional room, but you will help keep it safe.


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


Special Days of the Week

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Special Days of the Week


April showers bring May flowers! Let’s hope those April showers come through for us! April is also National Humor Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Records and Information Management Month and NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH. The first official week in April is also Read a Road Map Week!


Monday, March 31 – BUNSEN BURNER DAY – A propane camp stove would be best for fixing a quick hot meal if stuck in a shelter area but a Bunsen burner would do in a pinch!

Tuesday, April 1- APRIL FOOL’S DAY (a given) and INTERNATIONAL FUN AT WORK DAY – Work is what you make it!

Wednesday, April 2 – NATIONAL PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY DAY – A kid’s favorite lunch and a nutritious meal/snack when you can’t fix a complete meal.

Friday, April 4 – NATIONAL WALK TO WORK DAY – A great way to get exercise and to also become more aware of your surroundings.

Did You Win a NOAA Weather Radio?

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NOAA Severe Weather Radio Distribution


Were you one of the lucky recipients of a NOAA Severe Weather Radio? Twenty radios were given away at the Tuesday, Feb. 25 presentation of “Fury on the Plains.”  If you received one of these radios, please contact Cowley County Emergency Management at 620/221-0470 or 620/441-4569 for follow-up information.  Office hours are 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.