KDEM News

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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19-040 Additional counties added to federal emergency declaration

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to remain activated 24/7 to monitor flooding impacting the state. Fifteen additional Kansas counties have been added to a federal emergency declaration for Kansas.  The counties added to FEMA-3412-EM are Allen, Doniphan, Dickinson, Douglas, Geary, Jefferson, Leavenworth, Linn, Lyon, Marshall, Morris, Pottawatomie, Riley, Saline, and Wabaunsee. The 18 counties originally named in the federal …

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19-039 Disaster response update: State keeping close watch on river levels

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to keep close watch on water levels for areas with elevated flooding concerns and precipitation affecting reservoir catchments. These areas include Tuttle Creek, Milford, Perry, and John Redmond reservoirs. “Today I surveyed Tuttle Creek and Sabetha Watershed with Kansas Division of Emergency Management officials,” said Governor Laura Kelly. “We are closely watching the water …

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