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Governor requests federal disaster declaration for September storms

2018                                                                   No. 18-090 Gov. Jeff Colyer M.D. has sent a request to President Donald Trump asking for a federal disaster declaration for several Kansas counties affecting by severe thunderstorms, flooding, flash floods, high winds, and hail from Sept. 1 through Sept. 8, 2018. Counties named in the request are Barber, Clay, Jewell, Kingman, Kiowa, Marshall, Pratt, Rice, and Riley for …

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Kansas receives Small Business Administration disaster declaration

The state of Kansas has been granted a Small Business Administration disaster declaration due to flooding, flash flooding and severe storms for the period Sept. 1-3, 2018. The declaration includes Riley County and the contiguous counties of Clay, Geary, Marshall, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee and Washington. Eligible homeowners and renters, small businesses and nonprofit organizations in these counties may apply for low-interest …

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Secretary of Defense Freedom Award

Nominations will open October 1 for the annual Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, sponsored by Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. The Freedom Award is the highest award that can be bestowed on an employer and the Secretary of Defense will personally present the award in a ceremony at the Pentagon. Nominations for the Freedom Award must …

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Governor declares State of Disaster Emergency due to flooding

Gov. Jeff Colyer M.D. has issued a state of disaster emergency declaration for five Kansas counties affected by flooding over the weekend. Named in the declaration are Jewell, Kingman, Marshall, Pratt, and Riley Counties. Damages in these counties included washed out roads, bridges, culverts and flooding to some businesses and residential properties. “Here in Kansas we make it a priority …

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18-081 Officer Candidate School to conduct graduation ceremony, Hall of Fame induction Aug. 25

The 235th Regiment of the Kansas National Guard will conduct a graduation and commissioning ceremony for Class 62 of the Officer Candidate School in Salina. The ceremony will be Saturday, Aug. 25, 1 p.m., at the Kansas Highway Patrol Academy, 2025 E Iron Ave. in Salina. Graduating officer candidates, who will be commissioned as second lieutenants, are Jonathan Bailey, Kansas …

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18-075 Kansas National Guard to haul pallets of water to Natoma

The city of Natoma in Osborne County declared a local state of disaster due to a boil water advisory issued by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment on June 27.  KDHE officials issued the advisory because of a line break resulting in a loss of pressure in the system. Due to the situation in Natoma, six pallets of the …

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18-074 Update to Eureka tornado emergency response

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate recovery operations in Eureka. There will be a Town Hall meeting held tonight (June 29) at 7 p.m. at the Matt Samuels Building. The Multi Agency Resource Center will be providing recovery resources for people affected by the tornado on Saturday, June 30 from 1 to 8 p.m.  The center will be …

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18-072 Eureka tornado update

The State Emergency Operations Center continues to coordinate response to Eureka after an E-3 tornado struck the city on June 26. Recovery operations will cease from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. to ensure the safety of those working in the area.  Security will remain on-site overnight. Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and …

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18-064 Kansas National Guard to conduct security exercise June 20

People driving past the Kansas National Guard complex on Topeka Blvd. in Topeka may notice some unusual activity the morning of Wednesday, June 20. However, there will be no need for alarm. Security personnel from the Kansas National Guard will be working with soldiers of the 35th Military Police Company and local law enforcement officers to conduct a security exercise …

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