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Disaster Declaration & Information

Disaster Declaration & Information

A state of local disaster emergency may be declared in the event that a disaster has occurred or that the threat of a disaster is imminent.  A declaration may be made by the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, or in the event of the absence of the Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, a majority of the remaining members may declare a state of local disaster emergency.  If it appears that local resources are not adequate to deal with the emergency, state assistance may be requested through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.  Depending upon the damage, the governor may issue a declaration of a State of Disaster Emergency.


Current Disaster Information

FEMA-4304-DR, Kansas Disaster Declaration

For the Time Period of January 13 - 16, 2017


Beginning on January 13, 2017, and continuing through January 16, 2017, Barton County and numerous other counties throughout the state experienced freezing rain, freezing drizzle, and ice accumulations that created hazardous driving conditions, impeded public safety and emergency services response, and caused damages to trees and power lines that resulted in significant power outages which in turn posed a threat to public health and critical infrastructure.  The Kansas Division of Emergency Management Directors collect estimated damages to public infrastructure throughout the state of Kansas in an effort to obtain a Federal Disaster Declaration.


Barton County was included in the State of Disaster Emergency Proclamation, signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on January 12, 2017.

On February 24, 2017 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)  announced that federal disaster assistance was made available to the State of Kansas to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by a severe winter storm from January 13 to January 16, 2017.

Federal funding is available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emerency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by a severe winter storm in Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellsworth, Ford, Hodgeman, Jewell, Kiowa, Meade, Ness, Pawnee, Pratt, Rush, Seward, Sheridan, Stafford, and Trego counties.

An Applicants Briefing has been scheduled for March 10 at 9:00 a.m. for eligible applicants at the Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main Street, Great Bend, Kansas.  Assistance for private individuals was not declared for this disaster.

The Small Business Administration announced on February 24, 2017, that disaster assistance would be available to private nonprofit organizations. 

SBA Disaster Assistance News Release




Barton County Disaster Declarations
Year Date Incident Description Resolution Number
2017 05-25-2017 Tornadoes & Severe Thunderstorms beginning May 16, 2017 - Extended NA
2017 05-16-2017 Tornadoes & Severe Thunderstorms beginning May 16, 2017 NA
2017 01-23-2017 Freezing Rain, Freezing Drizzle, and Ice Accumulations beginning 01-13-2017 NA
2016 06-27-2016 Thunderstorms, Heavy Rains, Flooding and Flash Flooding beginning May 22, 2016 NA
2015 06-15-2015 Thunderstorms, Heavy Rains, Flooding and Flash Flooding beginning May 4, 2015 NA
 2013   08-04-2013 Severe Storms and Flooding beginning August 4, 2013 NA
2013 03-25-2013 Snowstorm February 20-27, 2013 2013-07
2012 09-10-2012 Burn Ban in Effect until September 17, 2012 2012-27


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