Public Information Update for Thursday July 12

ACCESS TO AFFECTED AREA: Residents of the affected area are allowed back to their properties.  There will be a curfew in effect from 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  This curfew will be strictly enforced.  All homes have been placarded and logged with various colors. In addition homes wrapped in red or yellow tape are off limits. Those with green placards may occupy their residence. However, they must remain in their home during the curfew hours of 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Anyone outside of their home will be detained by law enforcement.  This will be strictly enforced with absolute zero tolerance.
ADDITIONAL PROPERTY EVALUATION:  If your property has not been placarded, call the Coffeyville Police Department at 620-252-6160 and leave your name and address.  An assessment team will respond and properly placard your residence.  This process has to happen in order to receive the proper assistance.

SECURE BUILDINGS:  Those in the affected areas need to start taking proper steps to secure their structures.  This needs to begin in the near future as the heightened law enforcement presence is gradually reduced.
REHABILITATION CENTER:  There will be a rehabilitation center for citizens at 11th and Northeast.  There will be decontamination assistance, water, ice and protective equipment available.
ASSISTANCE WITHIN THE AFFECTED AREA:  There will be officials from various agencies who will be roaming in the affected area.  Contact one of these officials if you have questions concerning health or safety concerns or need information on proper disposal and clean-up.  There will also be a rehabilitation center 

PROGRESS REPORT:

  • 470 total structures were placarded as to July 11, 2007
  • Red Cross has processed 431 disaster assistance applications totaling 1045 people
  • Lions Club took over 350 disaster applications and issued 157 vouchers
  • Over 200 citizens participated in the bus tour on July 9, 2007

SEVERE WEATHER SHELTERS: Severe weather shelters are located at:

  • Field Kindley High School
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
  • First Assembly of God Church
  • Coffeyville Regional Medical Center
  • Community Elementary School

WEATHER REPORT: There is a continued possibility of thunderstorms for the area.
SAFETY UPDATE:

  • Do not enter any area that is still flooded
  • 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.
  • If you smell gas, or hear the sound of escaping gas leave immediately and contact an emergency worker.
  • Wear disposable covers for your shoes and disposable gloves.
  • Wash your hands with a waterless sanitizer as soon as you leave your home.
  • If your clothes are soiled after working in your home, remove and wash separately from other clothing.
  • Do not enter any building that appears unsafe

MOLD CONCERNS:  Residents returning to their homes need to be aware of the mold content in their homes.  Those occupying their homes should replace all ventilation filters prior to turning on any air conditioning to reduce the amount of possible mold contamination.  For more information on mold concerns call 1-800-438-4318 or visit www.epa.gov.
HAZARDOUS SPILLS: Call 911 if you encounter a hazardous spill, leak, or unidentified chemical barrel.  If containers are damaged or leaking, do not handle.  You can also contact the EPA Spill Line at 913-281-0991.
MENTAL HEALTH: To reach a mental health professional call Four County Mental Health, 620-251-8180.

LEVEE SYSTEMS: The US Corp of Engineers has inspected the levee system and believe they are in good shape.  Minor repairs have been recommended
COFFEYVILLE CITY OFFICES:  Open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, 620-252-6100.  Utility Customer Service hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

VOLUNTEERS: Individuals wanting to volunteer must call Gary Frazier at 620-988-3362.
COFFEYVILLE MAIL: The Coffeyville Post Office is delivering mail to those affected by the recent flood where they are able.  Where delivery is not possible, the Post Office is holding the mail until an alternate delivery address has been established.  And, according to the postal service if you find any mail, leave it in place.
DISASTER RELIEF:  Water and ice, and other donations are available at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Community Elementary School located at 102 Cline.  Also available are protective equipment and five gallon Flood Bucket Kits that contain cleaning supplies and protective gear.  These buckets will also be available at St. James Methodist Church at 502 South Cedar. 

DISASTER ASSISTANCE: If you have been affected by the disaster in any way, call 1-800-621-FEMA and visit the Disaster Recovery Center at the Community Elementary School located at 102 Cline:

  • The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services
  • SBA
  • FEMA
  • American Red Cross
  • Salvation Army
  • Four County Mental Health
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • Ministerial Support
  • Labor Ready
  • USDA
  • Coffeyville Resources
  • Kansas Department of Revenue
  • Kansas Department of Housing
  • Kansas Department of Labor
  • Kansas Department of Health & Environment

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

FEMA ASSISTANCE: To register for FEMA assistance call 1-800-621-FEMA or go online to www.fema.gov, or visit them at the Disaster Recovery Center located at the Community Elementary School at 102 Cline.

FSA EMERGENCY LOANS: The Farm Service Agency is making emergency loans available to help qualified producers recover from production and physical losses due to the flooding.  You can contact a FSA representative at 620-724-6227

UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS: Can be accessed by calling 1-800-292-6333.
OIL RELATED CLAIMS: Residents with oil-related claims can call the claims center at 1-800-958-5380.

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