Severe weather season has arrived in Kansas
Along with spring comes the severe storm season. It is time
for all Jewell County towns to start their weekly weather alert
siren tests and for individuals to survey their emergency preparedness
lists, making sure all items are in readiness.
A storm spotter training session was held Feb. 28 in Jewell County, sponsored by emergency preparedness department. The session was open to the public and 29 attended, including volunteer fireman, EMS personnel, sheriff's office personnel and those who just wanted to learn about storms.
According to Gail Bartley, emergency preparedness coordinator, "We are in the Hastings area as far as radar and that is where storm information is feed to Jewell County."
One of the most important items to remember about the sounding of a siren is the true meaning of that siren. A siren indicating a fire is a long consistent whistle. A severe weather siren is one that goes up and down and is sounded for several minutes. What this means is "a tornado may or may not have been sited. The whooping sirens are blown when the National Weather Service has issued a warning of a severe storm located in the area, making citizens aware of possible storms. There is not an all-clear siren sounded.
From April through October, severe weather sirens will be sounded weekly. Why is it necessary to sound the sirens weekly? Simple, to make sure the severe weather sirens are working in proper order in case they are needed.
All sirens in Jewell County are sounded on the following time tables.
Formoso: Every Monday, 6 p.m., sirens are sounded for pager check with a fire whistle. Last Monday of the month, 6 p.m., is the monthly meeting night. April through October, first Monday of the month, is the only time tornado siren (whooper) is tested.
Burr Oak. Every Monday 8 a.m., a siren is sounded for pager check. April through October, the first Monday of the month only, three minutes after the pager check siren is sounded a tornado (whooper) whistle is sounded for testing.
Every third Monday, 7 p.m., a regular siren is sounded signaling the Jewell Volunteer Fireman's monthly meeting.
Mankato: Every Tuesday at 8 a.m. a fire whistle siren is sounded for a pager check. April through October, three minutes following the regular whistle a tornado siren (whooper) is sounded.
At 8:15 a.m. April through October on the first and third Tuesdays of the month a siren test, tornado whistle (whooper), for Lovewell Lake is sounded.
Esbon: At 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday only, a fire whistle siren is sounded for a pager check and for monthly meeting night. During the months of April through October, three minutes after the regular siren is sounded, the tornado whistle (whooper) is sounded following the pager checks.
Jewell: Every Wednesday, 8 a.m. sirens are sounded for pager check with a fire whistle. April through October, every Wednesday at 8 a.m. after the fire pager test siren, the tornado siren (whooper) is sounded for testing.
Burr Oak: 7 p.m. first Wednesday of the month Burr Oak fire pager test and siren for monthly meeting night is sounded.
Randall: 7 p.m. second Wednesday of the month Randall fire pager test and siren for monthly meeting night is sounded.
Randall: The first and third Thursday, 8 a.m., Randall fire whistle sirens are sounded for pager check. April through October on the first Thursday of the monthly only three minutes following the regular siren for pager check, the tornado siren (whooper) is sounded in Randall.
Mankato: At 6 p.m. first Thursday of the month only, fire pager test and siren for monthly meeting night is sounded..
Being prepared in case of an emergency is important for individuals and simple: get a kit, make a plan, be informed and get involved. These four things can make a difference for you and your families survival in case of an emergency.
· Best way out. In case of a fire what are the best escape routes from your home. Find at least two ways out or each room.
· Pick a place to meet after a disaster. Designate two meeting places. Choose one right outside your home, in case of a sudden household emergency, such as a fire. The second place needs to be outside your neighborhood in the event that it is not safe to stay near or return to your home.
· Choose an emergency contact person outside your area because it may be easier to call long distance than locally after a disaster. Be sure to list the contacts phone number with everyone in the family. During an emergency you can call your contact who can share with other family members where you are, how you are doing, and how to get in contact with you.
· Complete an emergency contact list and make copies for each member of your family to carry with them. Be sure to include an out-of-town contact on your card. You should also have at least one traditionally wired land line phone as cordless or cellular phones may not work in an emergency.
· Dogs may be man's best friend but because of health regulations most emergency shelters cannot house animals. Find out in advance how to care for your pets.
· Go through your calendar and put a reminder on it every six months, to review your plan, update numbers and check supplies to be sure nothing has expired, spoiled or changed. Also remember to practice your tornado, fire escape or other disaster plans.
· Is school in or out when disaster strikes? Check your child's school website or call the school office to request a copy of the schools' emergency plan. Keep a copy at home and work or other places where you spend a lot of your time and make sure the school's plan is incorporated into your family's emergency plan. Also learn about the disaster plans at your workplace or other places where you and your family frequent.
· Teach your children how and when to call 911 or your local emergency medical services number for help. Post these and other emergency telephone numbers by telephones.
· Conduct fire drills and practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on a map in case main roads are blocked or gridlocked.
· Work together in a community. Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together during an emergency. Find out if anyone has specialized equipment like a power generator, or expertise such as medical knowledge that might help in a crisis. Decide who will check on elderly or disabled neighbors. Make back-up plans for children in case you can't get home in an emergency.
· You should keep enough supplies in your home to meet the needs of you and your family for at least three days. Build an emergency supply kit to take with you in an evacuation. The basics to stock are: water, food, battery-powered radio and flashlight with extra batteries, first aid supplies, change of clothing, blanket or sleeping bag, wrench or pliers, whistle, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape, trash bags, map, manual can opener for canned food and special items for infants, elderly, the sick or people with disabilities. Keep items in easy to carry container such as covered trash container, large backpack or a duffle bag.
· Preparing for emergencies needn't be expensive think ahead. Things to consider when preparing food: have a long shelf life and will not spoil; family likes; does not require cooking; can be easily stored; low salt content as salty foods will make you more thirsty. Prepare with enough food to last three days.
· First aid kit. 20 adhesive bandages; 5x9 sterile dressing; conforming roller gauze bandage; triangular bandages; 3x3 sterile gauze pads; 4x4 sterile gauze pads; roll 3-inch cohesive bandage; germicidal hand wipes; antiseptic wipes; pair large medical grade non-latex gloves; 2-inch width adhesive tape; anti-bacterial ointment; cold pack; scissors; tweezers, CPR breathing barrier; first aid manual.
· Keep at least a three day supply of water per person.
· Other kits to include: tools, sanitation, clothing and bedding.
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approves liquor license for Lovewell Marina
The Jewell County Board met Monday with commissioners Steve Greene, Mark Fleming and Keith Roe present. Carla J. Waugh, county clerk, was present for the meeting.
The following were present for office head meeting: Anna Standley, register of deeds; Joel Elkins, general superintendent; Don Jacobs, sheriff; Anna Porter, county appraiser; Chris Petet, custodian; Aliesa Woods, Post Rock District extension director; Gail Bartley, noxious weed director, emergency preparedness director and 911 coordinator. The following were absent: Shannon Meier, ambulance director; Angela Murray, health nurse; and Brenda Eakins, treasurer. Travis Garst, solid waste director, left word with the commissioners before the meeting started as he had a conflict.
Gail Bartley reported he will attend the Regional Homeland Security meeting and also the farm expo show in Salina. He said the spray truck is ready to use.
Joel Elkins said they have been busy putting in tubes, working dirt roads and finishing up a bridge.
Aliesa Woods said the extension district assisted with the Jewell County Health Fair. She said the Walk Kansas Program has eight teams in Jewell County. The horticultural position application deadline closes April 13.
Anna Standley said she plans to attend a webcast for recertification.
Anna Porter said that since the change of value notices were sent she has had 40 walk-in hearings. She said tomorrow (Friday) is last day to call in to schedule a hearing appointment. There are approximately 25 hearings already scheduled.
Don Jacobs said they took in unused prescription drugs at the Health Fair. They will also have a week of taking back unused prescription drugs April 23-29 at the sheriff's office. Don said the Safe Program Awards is at the high school Tuesday morning. April 7 a seat belt program with the highway patrol will be provided at the high school.
Carla Waugh said her office is working on payroll, and she is preparing an ad for the county surplus equipment to be sold at the consignment auction.
Keith Roe attended the strategic planning meeting and the budget and finance class in El Dorado.
Steve Greene attended the following meetings: Economic Development, Juvenile Detention Center, Strategic Planning and the hospital board. He also drove some county roads to follow up on a road complaint. Steve said it is time for the departments to start thinking about their budgets.
Mark Fleming said Jewell County hosted the four-county meeting this month. He plans to attend the North Central Regional Planning Commission meeting April 4. He also asked that all departments start working on their budgets. This concluded office head meeting.
Keith Roe provided information on the budget and finance class he attended.
Barb and Bill Thomas discussed staffing and funding issues with the Jewell County Council on Aging through the North Central Council Area Agency on Aging.
The commissioners approved a permit application from Aaron Coil at Lovewell Marina for cereal malt beverages in original and unopened containers not for consumption on the premises as well as one for cereal malt beverages for consumption on the premises.
Joel Elkins, general superintendent, discussed road and bridge maintenance. Mark Fleming advised Joel Elkins of Corrine Little's complaint about the pot holes in the Hardy Road. Steve Greene reported Roy DeBey said there is too much rock on the road by the Dispatch Church. The commissioners approved the right-of-way agreement with Nex-tech on Ash Road beginning at 1026 Q Road and proceeding east to Highway 128.
Minutes of the March 20 commissioners meeting were approved.
Carla Waugh said that Pamela Dunstan telephoned and requested permission to use the courthouse lawn for the community Easter egg hunt April 15. The commissioners approved.
Volunteers needed for community clean-up days
Volunteers are needed for a series of community clean-up days
that will be happening in Jewell County throughout the month of
April. Communities in Jewell County have received grant funding
through a community clean-up initiative by the Dane G. Hansen
Foundation to help complete this work.
Esbon will be doing clean-up on Grant Avenue and fixing up playground equipment on April 8. Meet at the Esbon City Park at 9 a.m. For more information, contact Daphne Manning at email@example.com.
Formoso will be conducting their clean-up on April 15, when they will be conducting a city-wide clean-up, painting and moving the donor sign from the park. Contact Caleb Mahin at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.
April 24 will be the clean-up in Jewell; they will be chipping tree limbs for mulch and doing other volunteer clean-up around town. For information, contact the Jewell City office at email@example.com.
Mankato is doing clean-up on April 29. They will be clearing brush for the new pedestrian trail at the city park. Contact the Mankato City Office with any questions at Mankato@nckcn.com.
Randall will also be doing their city clean-up on April 29. They will be doing general tree and vegetation clean-up, street curb repairs, playground safety padding and large item removal. Contact the Randall City Office with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dane G. Hansen Foundation community clean-up grant objectives are to beautify communities for current residents and to help with recruitment of new residents, eliminate financial barrier to clean-up projects such as land fill fees and equipment rental and promote community pride and encourage volunteerism.
One of Jewell's oldest houses razed Saturday
A familiar landmark and one of Jewell's oldest houses was razed
on Saturday. Formerly located straight west of the junction of
Kansas highways 14 and 28, the house can be seen in many early
A news item from the Jewell County Republican of Dec. 21, 1883, reports that "Mr. Wm. Musser had just erected an elegant two story frame dwelling. It was judiciously planned, well-built of
the best material and handsomely finished at a cost of more than $2,000."
In 1904, the property was sold to W.S. Brewer for $3,500. In the past it was the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Abram, who sold it to the Gene Butts family around 1960. Steve Butts remembers there was a penciled note in the basement marking some happening dated prior to 1900.
The property was recently purchased by the Jewell Implement Company. Levin Construction was in charge of the demolition, which included a garage.
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