2020

Governor proclaims September as Kansas Preparedness Month

Championship basketball coach Bobby Knight once said “I don’t believe in luck, I believe in preparation.” Sound advice for anyone – and everyone when it comes to being prepared for tornadoes, floods, wildland fires, blizzards or any of the other natural or man-made disasters Kansans face each year. To remind Kansans to be prepared, Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a …

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Kansas National Guard battery recognized as best in nation with Hamilton Award

By Capt. Patrick Montandon130th Field Artillery BattalionKansas Army National Guard Battery C, 1st Battalion, 161st Field Artillery Regiment, 130th Field Artillery Brigade, Kansas National Guard, was named the Alexander Hamilton Award recipient for the 2019 fiscal year. This annual award recognizes the most outstanding National Guard field artillery unit in the country. This is the first time a Kansas unit …

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20-021 190th Air Refueling Wing salutes healthcare workers and first responders with flyover

The Kansas Air National Guard’s 190th Air Refueling Wing is scheduled to perform an Operation Kansas Strong flyover across four Kansas cities to salute healthcare workers, first responders and other frontline workers in the fight against COVID-19. The flyovers will take place on Tuesday, May 19, beginning at 1 p.m. in Emporia, followed by Manhattan, Topeka and Lawrence. The detailed …

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20-019 New KSARNG recruiting billboards focus on Hispanic communities

Residents of the Dodge City and Garden City areas may notice new billboards in their communities, beginning May 5. The billboards are the result of a new marketing campaign by the Kansas Army National Guard seeking to recruit members of Hispanic communities in western Kansas. “Recruiters in the local area wanted to tailor their marketing strategies and campaigns to better …

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Atchison Hospital loans equipment for use in other medical facilities

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has reached an agreement with Atchison Hospital and Clinics in Atchison, Kansas, for the temporary use of hospital equipment without cost that may be distributed to other medical facilities in need during the COVID-19 emergency. The equipment comes from the former Horton Community Hospital and includes hospital beds, IV pump, defibrillators, stretchers, a blood …

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20-014 Kansas Division of Emergency Management advises public to be prepared for tornado season

As we head into the spring months, the risk of severe thunderstorms increases across Kansas, including the risk for tornadoes. Unfortunately, with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, people who rely on public sheltering from tornadoes could be faced with the difficult choice of sheltering from the tornado in a community shelter or refraining from going to the shelter in order to …

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20-013 President signs COIVD-19 federal disaster declaration for Kansas

President Donald Trump has signed a federal disaster declaration for the state of Kansas to support emergency measures within the state related to the COVID-19 virus. The declaration authorizes federal funds for emergency protective measures not authorized under other federal statutes, including direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program for local, state, and Indian tribal governments, and certain private …

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20-011 Kansas National Guard supports state efforts to combat COVID-19 virus

The current global situation involving the COVID-19 virus is at the forefront of the news, and the Kansas National Guard is doing its part to support the communities of Kansas. “The National Guard is a unique military component with both a state and federal mission,” Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency …

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20-019 Kansans reminded to be aware of fire risk

Even though the COVID-19 virus dominates the news, Kansans are reminded there are other dangers currently facing the state, particularly the risk of wildland fires. “I know the coronavirus is on everyone’s mind right now, but we still must remain vigilant to other hazards, such as wildfires,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “Our emergency responders have so much to deal with …

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