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18-074 Update to Eureka tornado emergency response

June 29, 2018 | By slarson

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate recovery operations in Eureka. There will be a Town Hall meeting held tonight (June 29) at 7 p.m. at the Matt Samuels Building. The Multi Agency Resource Center will be providing recovery resources for people affected by the tornado on Saturday, June 30 from 1 to 8 p.m. The center will be located at Marshall Elementary, 1015 N Jefferson. Agencies anticipated to participate at the MARC are: American Red Cross, City of Eureka, Community Linc, DAV, Veterans Affairs, Crosswinds Counseling & Wellness, DAV/VA, Eureka Ministerial Alliance, Great Plains United Methodist Conference, Kansas Housing Resource Corp, Salvation Army, United Way, Knights of Columbus, Mended Heart Ministries, Veterans Affairs, Kansas Insurance Department and others. For additional information about available services and resources please contact 2-1-1. Medical Emergency Response Groups is providing emergency medical services for the area. American Red Cross has a feeding site located at 100 Jefferson and two mobile feeding/hydration routes. Century Link is providing the food for feeding stations located at 100 Jefferson. The American Red Cross shelter/cooling center remains operational at 521 Main. There have been approximately 545 loads of tree and brush debris hauled to two dump locations. The Kansas Corporation Commission is reporting approximately 26 customers still without power. Westar reports that in storms, sometimes the hardware that houses the electric meter and the wires that feed electricity into a home or business can become detached. This is the square metal box and connecting pole on the side of the house or building. If the hardware is damaged, Westar cannot reconnect the service line between the house and the power grid because its not safe. The homeowner is responsible for hiring an electrician to make these repairs before power can be restored to the residence. The Kansas Department of Revenue sent out information that residents affected by the tornado can get free replacement car titles, registration receipts, and drivers licenses if those documents were lost or damaged in the storm. Applications for replacement titles and replacement registration receipts can be made at the Greenwood County Treasurers office, 311 N. Main Street Suite 4, Eureka. Verizon Wireless has deployed two COLTs (Cell On Light Trucks) and operators and the COLTs will be operational sometime during the day on Thursday, June 28. The following assets deployed by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management remain on site:

  • GIS Response Vehicle
  • Incident Management Team
  • KDEM Regional Coordinator to support incident command and county emergency management
  • Communications on Wheels
  • Resource Accountability Tracking Team
  • Public Assistance Support for damage assessment and debris management
  • Telecommunications Emergency Response Team