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Kansas Emergency Preparedness: What you need to know

The state of Kansas takes a proactive approach to emergencies, utilizing local resources first. The state has preparations in place for natural disasters (flash floods, windstorms, tornadoes, winter storms, and wildfires) and man-made disasters (hazardous releases, transportation incidents, and accidents at nuclear power plants).

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The state Department of Emergency Management has extensive information available to businesses on emergency planning and preparedness, contingency management, and available resources on its KSReady website at http://www.ksready.gov. Click on "Businesses."

Notification

Emergencies. Kansas radio and television stations participate in the 24-hour Emergency Alert System (EAS) to broadcast emergency information.

Counties in Kansas maintain their own emergency notification systems, including alerts to mobile electronic devices. Check the website of your county for more information.

Nuclear plant. Residents in Coffey County near the Wolf Creek nuclear plant will be notified by both sirens and pulse tone radio, as well as through the EAS, if there is an incident requiring emergency procedures on their part. Tests of this emergency preparedness program are held throughout the year.

Tornadoes. Tornado sirens in the state are tested weekly, and there is an annual tornado drill in March.

Evacuation/Sheltering in Place

Under Kansas law, the governor can declare a state of emergency when there is an occurrence or imminent threat of widespread loss of life or property damage and can direct the mandatory evacuation of citizens from dangerous or potentially dangerous areas (KS Stat. Sec. 48-904 et seq.).

Evacuation routes.The Kansas Department of Transportation coordinates the movement of ...


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