Kansas governor issues disaster declaration ahead of winter storm

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

Gov. Jeff Colyer has issued a State of Disaster Emergency declaration in response to the winter storm that will be impacting parts of western Kansas. 

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will activate the State Emergency Operations center in Topeka on Wednesday to a partial level starting at 7 p.m., to monitor the weather and coordinate any state emergency response operations that might be requested.

The Adjutant General's Department said emergency management is coordinating with the National Guard to place Stranded Motorists Assistance Response Teams in four locations in the most heavily impacted areas. 

Rain and snow on the way to KAKEland

“It is important to be prepared when we see a winter event like this approaching, and we appreciate our emergency responders who stand ready to provide any aide that may be needed,” Gov. Colyer said. “We hope that travelers will be wise by paying attention to weather alerts and not unnecessarily placing themselves in harm’s way as the storm moves through.”

"Kansans are urged to change or delay their travel plans in these areas until the storm moves through,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of KDEM.  If you plan to travel, use caution and make sure your car emergency kit is stocked.”

Winter road conditions are accessible by dialing 511 from your mobile phone anywhere in Kansas. Check road conditions across the state at KanDrive.org.

If you must travel, be sure your car’s gas tank is full and you have an emergency kit, which should include blankets, flashlights, batteries, a cell phone charger, hand-warmers, high-energy food snacks, bottled water, necessary medications, a snow shovel, flares and other emergency supplies. Make sure your cell phone is charged and someone is aware of your itinerary, including expected time of arrival.

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