This vision of Emergency Management is that Cowley County, KS will be a community of cities and citizens who are disaster aware and disaster prepared.
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.
Categorical Risk in Severe Weather
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, OK issues Convective Outlooks for severe thunderstorms for Days 1, 2, 3 and then 4-8. Each category is assigned a name and a color: Marginal (green), Slight (yellow), Enhanced (orange), Moderate (red) and High (magenta).
The chart below should help explain the categories in more detail (click on image to make it larger).
Storm Fury on the Plains
In 2015, the Annual Severe Weather Presentation by the National Weather Service was held on Tuesday, February 24.
This was a record year for attendance in Cowley County. Session #1 had 147 participants and session #2 had 163 participants for a total of 310. We did give away a total of 11 NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radios which means there are 11 families that are step closer to being prepared for severe weather season.
The 2016 sessions have been scheduled. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 23, 2016. Once again, we’ll be holding two sessions: 2:30pm and 6:30pm. Both will be identical, so you have a choice that be fits your needs.
Cowley County Emergency Management is proud to call Cowley County a StormReady® County. The designation was renewed on Sept. 23, 2014.
To be a StormReady® community, we commit to complying with the following guidelines:
- Established a 24 hour warning point (WP)
- Establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
2) NWS Information Reception:
- Have 4 separate ways for the EOC/WP to receive NWS alerts
3) Hydrometeoroligcal Monitoring:
- Have 3 separate ways to receive hydrometerological data
4) Community Preparedness:
- Have a minimum of 3 weather safety talks annually
- Train spotters and dispatchers biennially
- Host an annual NWS spotter training
- Have a formal hazardous weather operations plan
- Biennial visits by the Emergency Manager to the NWS
- Annual visit by NWS official to community
As of November 5, 2015, Kansas has the following StormReady® deisgnations:
- 32 Counties
- 7 Communities
- 3 Military Sites
- 2 Universities
- 1 Government
- 1 Commercial Site
- 1 Supporter
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/
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.
Click here for the form.
Please drop the form off at our office or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular siren testing has been reduced to the first Tuesday of the month through November and will at noon as long as weather conditions are mostly clear and rain/storms are not in the area. The sirens will not be tested during the months of December, January and February unless maintenance has been performed and a test is required.
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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