Public Health Emergencies

Emergency Management

Federal Emergency Management

From the FEMA website:

DISASTER. It strikes anytime, anywhere. It takes many forms — a hurricane, an earthquake, a tornado, a flood, a fire or a hazardous spill, an act of nature or an act of terrorism. It builds over days or weeks, or hits suddenly, without warning. Every year, millions of Americans face disaster, and its terrifying consequences.

Cowley County Emegency Management

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.

Planning, Preparedness, & Recovery

Individual and Family Emergency Preparedness

What can you do to make your family better prepared for an emergency? Follow the three basic steps, “Make a Kit, Make a Plan and Stay Informed,” and you will be more ready for almost any disaster affecting your community. Visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for tips on Family and Individual Preparedness.

Home Prep Kit

Be prepared for an emergency by putting together a Home Prep Kit.

Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Download the Bioterrorism and Public Health Emergency Preparedness brochure to learn more about how your family can be prepared in the event of a bioterrorist attack.


Medical Reserve Corps – MRC

The Cowley County MRC is a partnership with the City-Cowley County Health Dept, Cowley County Emergency Management and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

The Cowley County MRC unit is community- based and functions to locally organize and utilize medical volunteers. When a public health emergency occurs, the need for volunteers will be tremendous. Cowley County MRC will be used to supplement existing emergency services when a disaster is of a magnitude that overwhelms those existing resources. Further, Cowley County MRC volunteers can provide relief for overworked workers in the event of an emergency.

Visit Cowley County Emergency Management for more information and to fill out an application.

Community Emergency Response Team

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. They recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a catastrophic disaster. The LAFD decided that some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until first responders or other assistance could arrive.

The training program that the LAFD initiated proved to be so beneficial that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) felt that the concept and the program should be available to communities nationwide. In 1994, the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) expanded the CERT materials to make them applicable to all hazards.

Visit Cowley County Emergency Management for more information and to fill out an application.

Volunteer Registry

Become a Public Health Emergency volunteer with the State of Kansas Volunteer Registry.

Bio Threat Fact Sheets

Kansas Vulnerable Needs Planning System

The Kansas Vulnerable Needs Planning System website allows residents with special needs the opportunity to provide information to assist emergency management agencies in planning to meet the needs of vulnerable populations before, during, and after emergencies. If you or someone you know is a member of a vulnerable population, please take the time to complete the Individual System Form located on the website – be as complete as possible in your responses. After submission, you will be contacted by a representative of United Way 2-1-1 to verify your information. Additionally, United Way 2-1-1 may contact you occasionally to help ensure your information is current and accurate.

Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs

For the millions of Americans who have physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities, emergencies such as fires, floods and acts of terrorism present a real challenge. The same challenge also applies to the elderly and other special needs populations. Protecting yourself and your family when disaster strikes requires planning ahead. The Red Cross has prepared an informational packet about preparing for disaster when dealing with people that have special needs