Kiowa County/Greensburg Public Information Update
Tuesday May 15, 2007 10:00 a.m.

WATER SERVICE RESUMING SOON: Officials will be turning on and testing the water lines North of Florida Street today.  
•    Do NOT drink, shower or bathe with the water until officials announce that it is safe to drink.
•    Contact City Hall at 620-723-2751 to report leaks
•    In order to speed up the process of getting potable water restored please do not pile debris on top of water meters

PROGRESS REPORT:
•    1500 loads of debris were taken to the landfill yesterday bringing the total to nearly 5000.
•    Firefighters are making temporary street signs
•    Electrical power is being restored as quickly as possible
•    A Temporary hospital is being constructed across from the John Deere dealership on US 54
•    Volunteer Reception Center has processed over 600 volunteers who are working on 100 work orders
•    There will be increased police patrols in Haviland and Mullinville

PLACARDS REQIRED IN VEHICLES: Police will be issuing placards that are required to be visible in the windshield for all citizen, volunteer and contractor vehicles.  All vehicles must stop and check-in with police at checkpoints to be issued a placard.

WEATHER REPORT: There is a chance of rain and wind gusts into this afternoon.  These storms may produce wind gusts up to 30 miles per hour.
•    Vehicles and enclosed trailers offer the best protection
•    Secure any loose tents or tarps

SAFETY UPDATE:
•    Curfew remains in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
•    Please slow down, use caution at intersections and watch for traffic in the roadways.
•    Be cautious of down power lines, and treat them as if they were live.
•    When parking on the roadway, leave room for emergency vehicles and large military vehicles.
•    While working take frequent breaks in shaded areas and drink plenty of water.  If you feel dizzy, nauseated or experience vomiting you may have heat exhaustion and should seek immediate medical attention.
•    Due to a lack of shelter in Greensburg, all residents will be asked to evacuate the town to seek shelter if hazardous weather approaches.
•    Burning is prohibited in the City of Greensburg and highly discouraged in rural areas during times of high winds.
•    If you witness any arcing power lines, immediately dial 911 or contact the nearest emergency worker
•    If you find an item that may be dangerous, leave it where it is and notify the nearest law enforcement officer.
•    Do not enter any building that appears unsafe
•    Dust masks are available at the Kiowa County Health Department

AVALIABLE FUEL: The fuel point in Greensburg off US 54 is for first responders only.  Fuel at this location is not available for any other use.

COMMUNITY EVENTS:
•    Greensburg Graduation will be held Saturday May, 19 at 10:30 a.m. for 8th Graders and 11:00 a.m. for seniors at the Golf Course.  For more information call the Greensburg School District at 620-675-8836 or e-mail Greensburg@swprsc.org
•    There will be a meeting Tuesday May 15th at 5:00 p.m. at Browns Auction across from Davis Park to discuss and coordinate rebuilding issues.  This is open to all business owners.
•    Kiowa County Commission will be meeting every Monday and Thursday at 10:00 a.m. at the Mullinville High School.
•    Executive staff and former players from the Kansas City Royals will be visiting Greensburg today.

VEHICLE REMOVAL: Damaged or destroyed vehicles in Greensburg that were tagged are being moved to the south landfill.  
•    Towing has begun
•    Owners are NOT responsible for the tow fee to the landfill.
•    Owners need to coordinate with their insurance company for removal of vehicle from the landfill.
•    To inquire about a vehicle that was moved call law enforcement command at 785-243-0852.

HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Separate hazardous materials and white goods from debris and leave at the curb for removal.  This includes appliances, air conditioners, batteries, paint, pesticides, aerosol cans, propane and compressed gas cylinders.  These items will be removed by the EPA.

HAZARDOUS SPILLS: Call 911 if you encounter a hazardous spill or leak.  If containers are damaged or leaking, do not handle.  You can also contact the EPA Spill Line at 913-281-0991.

WASTE FOOD: Place waste food items in trash bags and leave at the curb.  Garbage trucks will be picking up and removing this waste.

GARBAGE BAGS: Garbage bags for putting waste food in for pick-up are available at the Convoy of Hope, the Scientology tent and the Salvation Army on the east side of the County Courthouse.

DEBRIS REMOVAL: Call the United Way at 211 if you need assistance in cleaning up your property or removing debris.

MEDICAL WASTE: Anyone with medical waste of syringes should contact the Kiowa County Health Department for proper disposal.

MENTAL HEALTH: To reach a mental health professional call 785-313-6359

INSURANCE COMPLAINTS: To file a complaint against a private insurance company with the Kansas Insurance Commissioner call 1-800-432-2484.

CHILD SAFETY SEATS:  Contact the Kiowa County Health Department for Child Safety Seats at 620-338-4544.

KIOWA COUNTY OFFICES:  are set up at Mullinville High School from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

GREENSBURG CITY OFFICES: Are located in trailers southeast of the County Courthouse.  They will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.

STRAY ANIMALS: To report a stray or dead animal or to inquire about a missing pet, call 620-723-2897.  All found animals will be at the Pratt County Humane Society, where they will be held for 30 days.  For animal boarding needs call 620-672-6777.

VOLUNTEERS: Individuals to volunteer must call 211 (in state) or 1-888-413-4327 (out of state) prior to arrival.  Ameri Corp is organizing groups wishing to volunteer.  Group leaders must call 314-313-4779.

LOST GUNS: The gun trailer at the KDOT building in Greensburg will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Individuals wanting to claim firearms should bring a photo ID, address information and description of the firearm.  Serial numbers are preferred and criminal histories will be run on all persons claiming firearms.

LOST AND FOUND: Lost and found items can be turned in and picked up at the Temporary City Hall located southeast of the Kiowa County Courthouse.

AIRSPACE OVER GREENSBURG: is restricted to official aircraft only.  Please report unauthorized aircraft to the nearest law enforcement officer and obtain the tail number if possible.

GREENSBURG MAIL: All Greensburg mail is being forwarded to the Pratt Post Office.  Residents and businesses in Greensburg may register for a free post office box at the Pratt Post Office.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE: If you have been affected by the disaster in any way, call 1-800-621-FEMA and visit the Disaster Recovery Center known as “the one stop shop,” set up at Barclay College in Haviland.  Visit the center or call 620-862-7750 for assistance from: The Kansas Department of Revenue, Department of Health and Environment, SRS, Department of Labor, Veterans Administration, SBA, FEMA, Salvation Army and Red Cross.

Please note:  You do not have to wait for insurance payments before contacting these agencies or visiting the center.

Examples of assistance available:

•    Free legal assistance
•    Tax Credits
•    Food Stamps
•    Cash Assistance
•    Crisis Counseling
•    Disaster Unemployment
•    Drivers’ licenses and vehicle registration
•    Copies of vital documents such as birth or marriage certificates
•    A Salvation Army Store

FEMA ASSISTANCE: To register for FEMA assistance call 1-800-621-FEMA or go online to www.fema.gov, or apply in person at the FEMA trailer by the Kiowa County Courthouse in Greensburg.  Edwards, Pratt and Stafford counties are approved for individual assistance.  These counties’ residents may use the Disaster Recovery Center located in Haviland.

HOUSING OFFERED BY USDA: Individuals interested in learning more about the USDA Rural Development’s Housing program should contact 785-628-3081 or 1-800-338-5546.

SBA DISASTER ASSISTANCE: Offers low-interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses and private non-profit organizations.  Call 1-800-659-2955.

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS: Will be providing transportation to and from the VA Medical Center in Wichita for those needing prescription refills or medical care.  Disaster recovery relief for disabled veterans is also available.  For more information call 316-688-6722.

CLOTHING AND PERSONAL ITEMS: Are available at the Mullinville and Haviland United Methodist Churches between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

FREE PHONES: AT&T has set up free phones on the west side of the courthouse for residents and responders to use. .