K-State Research, Extension providing disaster response

By Donna Krug
District Director
Cottonwood Extension District – Great Bend Office

There is no doubt that you, or someone you know, was impacted by the windstorm that swept through our state last week. While the weather forecast for the start of the week was accurate, it was still difficult to understand what needed to be done to prepare.

The next day, a phone call from my Regional Extension Manager, who was in the midst of his own property cleanup effort in Lincoln County, was quick to check on the welfare of our staff and our staff. offices.

Within an hour of this call, I got a call from our director of K-State Research and Extension, making sure we were aware of their concern and support. The concern expressed by our KSRE administration made me proud to be part of the Extension team.

A few hours later, I received an email from Dr Hadley with information on behavioral health resource support for those directly affected by the fires in our area. The Kansas Department of Agriculture has agreed to crosscheck these resources on their site.

Some great links have been posted on our Cottonwood Extension website if you are in need of any of these rescue services.

Kansas Forest Fire Recovery Resources, December 2021 (ks.gov)

Natural disasters-Community-Research and extension (K-State.edu)

The KDA website has up-to-date information regarding emergency hay distribution, livestock welfare, disaster debris disposal, specialty crop losses, insurance issues and more. topics.

The good news is, you can count on Extension’s help and support to keep things going. This is not the first time that a disaster like this has occurred, so we are reaching out to colleagues who have been involved in previous forest fire response efforts.

The best way to contact a member of our Cottonwood Extension team over the next few weeks is to send an email to one of the following addresses: [email protected] Where [email protected]

Last weekend my daughter’s family gave me a bracelet with a message inside for “Focus on the Positive”. As we celebrate the holidays with our families, I hope you can move past the many challenges you have faced this year and focus on the positive. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Cottonwood Extension District!

Donna Krug is District Director and Family and Consumer Science Officer at K-State Research & Extension – Cottonwood District. You can reach her at: 620-793-1910 or [email protected] K-State Research & Extension is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.

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