The mission of Cowley County Emergency Management is to serve the citizens of the County through effective planning for natural and man-made disasters. Our goal is to save lives and to protect property through coordination of an integrated emergency management system with all emergency response organizations, support services and volunteers. We will be an advocate for greater community efforts to mitigate and prepare for potential emergencies. We will support efforts to train and exercise emergency responders in both the public and private sectors. We will manage and coordinate efforts toward a rapid recovery from disasters with an effective disaster assistance program.
This agency is committed to effective actions to prevent some disasters and to reduce the impact of those over which we have no control.
The Twelve Days of Preparedness
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.
Hazard Mitigation Plan
The federal government requires all states and local governments to have hazard mitigation plans, approved by FEMA, that are consistent with the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000). This is required to maintain eligibility for certain types of federal disaster assistance, such as pre-disaster and post-disaster mitigation funding.
For the past few months, many jurisdictions within Cowley County have contributed information to help update Cowley County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan. In this review cycle, Cowley County has partnered with other counties to create a regional plan. This plan is intended to identify feasible strategies to reduce the potential loss of life, human suffering, and loss of property from natural disasters, such as floods, snow and ice storms, tornados, and power outages.
A draft of the plan is being made available below to allow for public comment. Please note that some of the files may be large, and may take some time to download with slower internet connections. Your input is valuable to the planning process, and we welcome any questions or comments that you might have. If you have questions or comments about the plan, you may contact John Stradal via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Hazard Mitigation Plan Part 1||Hazard Mitigation Plan Part 4|
|Hazard Mitigation Plan Part 2||Hazard Mitigation Plan Part 5|
|Hazard Mitigation Plan Part 3|
Regular siren testing has ended for the year. We will begin testing again during Severe Weather Awareness Week in March of 2014.
Severe Weather Presentations
Cowley County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Cowley County Emergency Auxiliary is pleased to announce that we are willing to provide Severe Weather presentations to anyone making a request. These presentations are free and can be delivered on-site to schools, classes, public organizations, civic groups, etc. If you are interested, please call the Emergency Management office at (620) 221-0470 to schedule a presentation.
Emergency Management Annual Reports
Cowley County EM staff have compiled information for it’s very first annual report. Please click on the link to read the full document:
Kansas Emergency Management Association (KEMA) Newsletters (The KEMA Perspective)
Replacing Important Documents
Following a disaster, one of the many stressors is trying to replace lost documents. Click here for a list of documents with information to replace them.
Cowley County Emergency Operations Plan
The Kansas Division of Emergency Management “EOP” is printable in a PDF format which requires Adobe Reader. The documents presented below contain the majority of information contained within the Cowley County Emergency Operations Plan, but links referred to within these documents are not accessible within this website. Download the entire EOP (compressed ZIP archive).
- Basic Plan
- ESF 1 – Transportation/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 2 – Communications/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 3 – Public Works and Engineering/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 4 – Firefighting/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 5 – Emergency Management/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 6 – Mass Care, Housing and Human Services/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 7 – Resource Support/Checklist of Action
- ESF 8 – Health and Medical/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 9 – Search and Rescue/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 10 – Oil and Hazardous Materials/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 11 - Agricultural and Natural Resources/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 12 – Energy and Utilities/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 13 – Public Safety/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 14 – Long Term Community Recovery/Checklist of Actions
- ESF 15 – Public Information and Ext Comm
- Biological Incident Annex
- FAD Incident Annex
Multi-Jurisdiction Hazard Mitigation Plan and Hazard Analysis Plan
The Cowley County Emergency Management Agency has completed an extensive update of the 2005 Hazard Mitigation Plan. The Cowley County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee has analyzed the overall risk and impact from past hazards on area residents, property, and critical infrastructure. That information was considered in evaluating and updating past mitigation policies and initiatives to prevent future disaster losses, in particular for natural hazards.
South-Central Region Hazard Analysis Plan
The South Central Region Hazard Analysis Plan is a 19-County plan meant to identify the potential for hazards facing a community. Hazards identified are natural, technological and national security related. Counties involved in the plan are: Barber, Barton, Butler, Comanche, Cowley, Edwards, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Marion, McPherson, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Sedgwick, Stafford, and Sumner.
Social Media Disclaimer
Any information on the Emergency Management website or the affiliated services included (RSS Feeds, Twitter or Facebook) will be updated as time allows.
These are simply meant to be additional tools from which you can gather information. Please do not use these tools as your only source. Continue to refer to local media outlets for more information.
Websites and Social Networking sites are NOT to be used to report any information such as emergencies or other issues that require immediate assistance. If you have an emergency, do not use these tools – call 911. RSS Feeds, Twitter and Facebook are only meant to disseminate information to the end user.
Resource Manager Personnel Application
Download the Resource Manager Personnel Application