KDEM News

Governor will sign Severe Weather Awareness proclamation Feb. 28

“Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” That remark by American essayist Charles D. Warner is often attributed to his friend Mark Twain. But no matter who said it first, it is a true statement: We can’t do anything about the weather. But with good preparation, we can greatly mitigate the effects weather throws at us …

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19-076 Winter storms to enter the state tonight

Winter is officially weeks away, but another round of winter weather is headed into Kansas tonight, so it’s time to make sure you are prepared. Although these storms are projected to be short-lived in duration, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management encourages all Kansans to take the opportunity to prepare for winter by making a home emergency kit that includes …

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Annual Preparedness Day at the State Fair is Sept. 9

The heavy rains and flooding that occurred earlier this year was a sobering reminder to many Kansans of the need to be prepared for severe weather and other emergencies. To help Kansans be prepared, local, state, and federal agencies will take part in the annual Kansas Preparedness Day at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson on Monday, Sept. 9. Kansas …

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Marvin Eugene Henry

Marvin Eugene Henry, 84, died, Friday, August 16, 2019, at Western Plains Medical Complex. He was born in Topeka, Kansas, Nov. 3, 1934, the son of George Lemuel and Hazel Naomi (Diehl) Henry. Following service in the Air Force as an aircraft crew chief, he joined the Topeka Police Force where he was also a competitive marksman. Marvin retired as …

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19-057 Miami County added to disaster declaration for Public Assistance

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management was notified that Governor Laura Kelly’s request to add Miami County for public assistance was approved.  This brings the total of counties eligible for public assistance to 70.  The Public Assistance program helps pay for restoration of public infrastructure and associated costs caused by flooding and tornado damage. “The fine infrastructure we have of …

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19-044 Update to disaster response: Three counties added to disaster proclamation

Brown, Ness and Osborne Counties were added to the state disaster proclamation signed by Governor Laura Kelly May 9 which brings the total to 66. Other counties currently named in the declaration are:  Allen, Anderson, Atchison, Barber, Barton, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Ford, Franklin, Geary, Gray, …

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Additional counties added to disaster declaration for Public Assistance

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management was notified today that Governor Laura Kelly’s request to add the counties of Brown, Ness, Osborne, Smith, Stafford, Wallace and Wyandotte for public assistance was approved.  The Public Assistance program helps pay for restoration of public infrastructure and associated costs caused by flooding and tornado damage. “With each damage assessment, we are getting a …

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19-043 Update to disaster response: Three counties added to governor’s disaster proclamation; river levels trending downward

Atchison, Bourbon and Ford Counties were added to the state disaster proclamation signed by Governor Laura Kelly May 9 which brings the total to 63.  Counties currently named in the declaration are:  Allen, Anderson, Barber, Barton, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Clark, Clay, Cloud, Coffey, Comanche, Cowley, Crawford, Dickinson, Doniphan, Douglas, Edwards, Elk, Ellsworth, Franklin, Geary, Gray, Greenwood, Harper, Harvey, Hodgeman, …

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19-042 SEOC begins third week of activation for storms and floods

Two weeks after its activation, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated 24/7 to monitor flooding affecting the state. Several states are providing response and recovery support to assist Kansas through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a multistate, mutual-aid agreement that facilitates interstate assistance for large-scale disasters. States currently supporting Kansas operations are Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, …

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