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.
Cowley County is the first County in the South Central Region to become a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. As an Ambassador, we serve a role in affecting societal change-helping build a nation that is ready, responsive, and resilient to the impacts of extreme weather and water events. As an Ambassador, we are commited to:
- Promoting Weather-Ready Nation messages
- Engaging with NOAA personnel on potential collaboration opportunities
- Sharing our success stories of preparedness and resiliency
- Serving as an example by educating employees on workplace preparedness
For more information, click on this link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/
Cowley County Emergency Management is hosting another round of emergency preparedness presentations. These will help citizens get a better understanding of a personal plan. At the end of the presentations, volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions and to help citizens get a start on their own plan. Plannig for special needs populations and pets will be addressed.
The schedule of the presentations are below:
Dexter: Thursday, Sept 4 at 6:30pm in the Dexter Outreach Center at 114 S. Walnut
Tisdale: Monday, Sept 8 at 6:30pm at the Tisdale UMC at 17507 US 160
Udall: Tuesday, Sept 9 at 6:30pm in the City Building at 110 S. Main
Burden: Thursday, Sept 11 at 6:30pm in the City Hall at 401 N. Main
Winfield: Monday, Sept 15 at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall of 1st Christian Church 904 Alexander
Atlanta: Thursday, Sept 25 at 6:30pm in the Community Building 419 S. main
Parkerfield: Thursday, Oct 2 at 5:30pm in the City Building at 29271 91st Road
Cambridge: Tuesday, Oct 7 at 6:00pm in the Community Building Pavilion (if rain – Fire Dept.)
Check back for an updated schedule. A presentation will also be held in Arkansas City and that information will be posted as soon as it is confirmed.
Emergency Management Volunteers are requested and used in a variety of ways throughout the year. We are asking that anyone who is asking for volunteer assistance, please fill out the Volunteer Assistance Request Form and return to our office. This will help us have a better understanding of the needs and helps us obtain the correct trained volunteers.
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Please drop the form off at our office or email it to email@example.com
Regular testing of all outdoor warnings sirens will be conducted on the first Tuesday of each month through November. No testing will occur in December, January or February.
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 known as “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 Cowley County 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 the file archives and attachments referred to within these documents are not accessible within this website.
- Base Plan
- ESF 1 – Transportation
- ESF 2 – Communications
- ESF 3 – Public Works and Engineering
- ESF 4 – Firefighting
- ESF 5 – Emergency Management
- ESF 6 – Mass Care, Housing and Human Services
- ESF 7 – Resource Support
- ESF 8 – Public Health and Medical Services
- ESF 9 – Search and Rescue
- ESF 10 – Oil and Hazardous Materials
- ESF 11 – Agriculture and Natural Resources
- ESF 12 – Energy and Utilities
- ESF 13 – Public Safety and Security
- ESF 14 – Long-Term Community Recovery
- ESF 15 – External Communications
- Biological Incident Annex
- FAD Incident Annex
South-Central Region Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan
The Cowley County Emergency Management Agency has completed an extensive update of the 2009 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. Adoption is currently pending for the 2014 version of the plan. Until formal adoption takes place, both versions of the plan will be made available.
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.
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Resource Manager Personnel Application
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