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KDEM Activates State Emergency Operations Center To Support Flood Response

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management activated the State Emergency Operations Center in Topeka today with 24-hour staffing to support county efforts to deal with severe weather and flooding.

Ten counties have been added to a state disaster declaration signed by Gov. Laura Kelly May 9. The additions are Barton, Butler, Cherokee, Cloud, Dickinson, McPherson, Morris, Pottawatomie, Pratt and Wabaunsee. Counties listed in the declaration also included Barber, Butler, Chase, Clark, Cowley, Geary, Greenwood, Harvey, Kingman, Lyon, Marion, Meade, Neosho, Osage, Ottawa, Pottawatomie, Reno, Rice, Sumner and Wilson.

“Many Kansas counties have been impacted by severe weather and flooding in recent weeks,” said Kelly. “With more rain and severe weather on the way, Kansans should be cautious, follow weather warnings, and avoid flood waters. The Kansas Division of Emergency Management’s Emergency Operations Center will be activated today to assist with the flood and weather response.”

The state declaration may be further amended to include any additional counties that experience flooding. The declaration authorizes the use of state resources and personnel to assist with response and recovery operations in affected counties that meet certain criteria.

The SEOC will remain activated until further notice to respond to county requests for assistance.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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