KDEM News

Kansas Army National Guard helicopters deploy for potential wildland fire assistance

Due to a high threat index for wildland fires over the next several days, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management has asked the Kansas Army National Guard to deploy six UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to several locations within the state to assist local fire departments, as needed. The helicopters are equipped with collapsible 660-gallon buckets used to draw water from …

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Afternoon update to flooding in Northeast Kansas

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains activated at a 24/7 level as major flooding is occurring along the Missouri River in Doniphan and Atchison Counties. A flash flood warning remains in effect for Doniphan County until 9:45 p.m. A flood warning is in effect for Doniphan, Wyandotte, and Leavenworth Counties. The SEOC is monitoring …

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Update to flooding in Northeast Kansas

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at a 24/7 level as major flooding is occurring along the Missouri River in Doniphan and Atchison Counties. The SEOC is monitoring flooding conditions and providing support to Doniphan and Atchison counties. KDEM has two regional coordinators deployed to assist Doniphan county emergency management officials. State agencies that have …

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Two counties added to federal disaster declaration

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has been notified that two additional Kansas counties have been added to a federal disaster declaration for Kansas dated Feb. 25, 2019. The counties added to FEMA-4417-DR declaration are Barber and Ottawa. Counties named in the original declaration are Anderson, Barton, Cowley, Doniphan, Greenwood, Harvey, Kingman, Neosho, Pratt, Reno, Rice, and Sumner Counties. These …

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19-009 Governor will sign Severe Weather Awareness proclamation March 1

2018 was a pretty good year, as far as weather disasters go. Although 45 tornadoes were recorded in the state, there were no deaths attributed to any of these storms. 2017 was even better, with 60 documented tornadoes and no deaths. Credit for these achievements can be attributed in some measure to early warnings, storms spotters and public preparedness. To …

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19-008 KDEM will activate State Emergency Operations Center for winter storm

Moderate to heavy snow and near-blizzard conditions are possible with a winter storm system that is forecast for this weekend. The storm system will begin to affect western Kansas tonight and spread eastward across the state through tomorrow. Current forecast predictions indicate that there will be a mixture of rain, freezing rain or drizzle before the snow begins across portions …

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Weekend winter storm forecast for Kansas

A winter storm system is forecast to descend across Kansas Friday and Saturday with snowfall averaging between one to four inches in most regions of the state.  Heavier snowfall is forecast for far northeast Kansas.  Gusty winds, cold temperatures and wind chills are expected across much of the state.  Slick roads are possible with low visibility at times. The Kansas …

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Winter storm system heading for Northwest, North Central Kansas

A winter storm system is forecast to hit portions of Northwest and North Central Kansas overnight tonight, with the most intense part of the storm beginning approximately 3 a.m. Saturday morning through mid-day with snow and extreme blowing snow that will limit visibility on affected Kansas roadways. The greatest area of concern will be along the Kansas/Colorado/Nebraska border south to …

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November is “Read the Label First, Don’t Mix Chemicals” Month in Kansas

Household chemicals are one of the many benefits of modern living. They’re used for cleaning, disinfecting, pest control, gardening and a host of other jobs. When used according to the instructions on the label, they are perfectly safe. Misused, they can be harmful, even deadly. To remind Kansans to observe safety precautions when using household chemicals, the Technological Hazards Section …

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Winter Weather Awareness Day is Nov. 15

Winter Weather Awareness Day in Kansas will be Thursday, Nov. 15. That day would be an ideal time for Kansans to take stock of their emergency supplies and review their home emergency plan. A home emergency supply kit should include enough nonperishable food and water for each person to survive for a minimum of seven days, a safe alternate heat …

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