18-017 Firefighting operations continue across the state

Several counties across Kansas experienced wildland fires this morning through the afternoon. Most of the wildland fires reported occurred in Southwest, North Central, Southeast and South Central regions of the state. The National Weather Service forecast this area as a critical to catastrophic risk for fires with high winds, high wind gusts and low relative humidity. Fires began around 10 …

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Governor signs Severe Weather Awareness proclamation March 1

March 1, 2018 — Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a proclamation today marking the week of March 5-9 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. The proclamation highlights the need for awareness of approaching severe weather and the value of emergency preparedness.  Although there were 60 documented tornadoes in the state last year, no deaths were attributed to those events and …

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Kansans urged to observe safety precautions for winter weather

Use caution when taking the first step out your door! Ice is accumulating on all surfaces across much of Kansas. The temperatures are frigid and it’s precipitating, a wintry combination that has resulted in hazardous driving and walking conditions. A winter storm warning is in effect until noon for portions of central Kansas. Winter weather advisory is in effect until …

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Federal disaster assistance approved for July storm damages

President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster assistance to Johnson and Wyandotte Counties to supplement state and local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding from July 22 to July 27. “We appreciate the assistance and support from President Trump and the administration,” said Gov. Sam Brownback. “We look forward to full recovery from the …

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First Responders Train at 10th Annual Technical Rescue Conference

First Responders Train at 10th Annual Technical Rescue Conference First responders from across Kansas met at Crisis City Oct. 4-6 to practice their search and rescue skills. Crisis City is a multivenue training center near Salina operated by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Posted by Kansas Division of Emergency Management on Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Kansas Preparedness Day is Sept. 11 at the Kansas State Fair

School has started, the days are growing shorter and the weather is – gradually – getting cooler. That means it’s time for the State Fair in Hutchinson and Kansas Preparedness Month. This year, Kansas Preparedness Day at the State Fair will be held Monday, Sept. 11. Gov. Sam Brownback signed a proclamation designating September as Kansas Preparedness Month. The month …

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Kansas joins FirstNet emergency communication system

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office When a disaster strikes anywhere in the state, quick and effective communication is key to emergency response efforts. In today’s electronic age, that means reliable, uninterrupted voice and data transfer between fire departments, law enforcement, emergency medical services and other first response agencies of all sizes. To better achieve that goal, Gov. Sam Brownback …

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Maj. Gen. lee tafanelli and a member of the Ashland, Kansas, fire department

Emergency Management 101: The Adjutant General

By Steve Larson Public Affairs Office This article is the first in a series about the roles and responsibilities of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. Tornadoes. Floods. Blizzards. Wildfires. These are just a few of the natural or man-made disasters that have plagued the people of Kansas since the days the pioneers first pushed west across the prairie. Back …

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Burned countryside

KDEM, National Guard recount the “Battle of the Blaze”

  By Sgt. Zach Sheely Public Affairs Office When people think of emergencies in Kansas, floods and tornadoes may come to mind. However, that may be changing after a series of fires blackened more than 1,000 square miles of Northwest, Southwest and Central Kansas – all within a matter of 10 days in March.

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