Wednesday, May 30, 2007

May 30, 2007

Public Information Update
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:30 a.m.

BENEFIT CONCERT – Christian recording artist Mark Schultz will be performing a benefit concert to raise money for the tornado relief effort at the Dodge City Civic Center at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31st. Tickets are $5.00 and the proceeds will benefit Greensburg. He will also be touring through Greensburg on Thursday morning.

SALVATION ARMY MOBILE CANTENE has relocated to Dillon’s, located at the corner of Hwy. 54 and Pine.

Temporary employment is available through the Kansas Department of Commerce for manual and non-manual labor positions that support the recovery efforts. To apply for a position visit the Haviland Recovery Center or call 866-828-8887.

WATER SERVICE REGAINED. Officials have turned on and tested the water lines to areas of Greensburg. The City will continue to work on the waterlines for the remainder of the community to resume water service as soon as possible. Contact City Hall at 620-723-2751 with questions about water restoration or to report water leaks.

WASHER/DRYER SERVICE IS AVAILABLE at Haviland Park under the water tower for public use.

Protect yourself with gloves, hard soled shoes or boots, and respiratory masks as necessary. If you have a cut or a scratch that does not heal normally, seek necessary medical attention.

HELP SPEED UP DEBRIS REMOVAL by placing it in the right of way as soon as possible. Keep debris at least three feet from utility poles, fire hydrants and water and gas meters. Call Greensburg City Hall with debris removal questions at 620-723-2751. FEMA debris removal will be ending in the coming weeks so residents are encouraged to take advantage of the free removal service.

NEW C&D LANDFILL HOURS are 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Residents are encouraged to take appropriate steps to remove tornado debris remaining on private properties which may present a health and safety risk to the public. Unstable structures and debris piles pose fire hazards and create a habitat for undesirable vermin. Currently, concrete rubble and foundations do not present an immediate hazard.

KDHE MAINTAINS LIST OF LICENSED ASBESTOS CONTRACTORS. Private contractors must be KDHE licensed to remove or demolish any suspected asbestos material. If you are a homeowner and suspect asbestos is present during demolition or debris removal, consider using a specially trained contractor to remove the material. Contact Scott Bangert at 785-296-1689 with questions.

ALL CONTRACTORS MUST REGISTER at Greensburg City Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Contract work is prohibited without registration and/or license. Contractors are responsible for hauling jobsite debris. Contractors removing debris or doing demolition from a jobsite must plug any sewer lines.

SEPARATE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS AND WHITE GOODS (appliances, air conditioners, batteries, paint, pesticides, aerosol cans, propane and compressed gas cylinders) from debris and leave at the curb for EPA to remove. Place waste food items in trash bags and leave at the curb. Garbage trucks will remove this waste. Bags are available at the Lighthouse Worship Center, Scientology tent and Salvation Army at the courthouse. You must wear protective masks and gloves when removing food items.

FREE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS PICK UP FOR BUSINESSES. Businesses needing to dispose of tornado damaged hazardous materials can place them by the curb by this Sunday, June 3 for EPA pickup.

CALL 911 IF YOU ENCOUNTER A HAZARDOUS SPILL OR LEAK. Never handle damaged or leaking containers. The EPA Spill Line is 913-281-0991.

FUEL AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC PURCHASE AT VOLZ OIL. The public can purchase up to 20 gallons of unleaded or 100 gallons of diesel per vehicle per purchase. Normal hours are 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily. Check posted signs for additional information.

KIOWA COUNTY OFFICES are located at the Mullinville High School. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. County commission meets at 9 a.m. on Mondays in the County Clerks office.

GREENSBURG CITY OFFICES are located on the square. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING, due to the Memorial Day holiday, is on the square in the white tent on Wednesday, May 30 at 5 p.m.

CITY OF GREENSBURG ISSUING BUILDING PERMITS at City Hall during regular business hours.

FEMA HIRING FOR LOCAL POSITIONS. Residents and those who worked in Greensburg and have lost their jobs, are being considered for these positions. Call 770-216-3156 or 417-234-3798 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center at Barclay College.
GREENSURG RESIDENTS can view and inspect a FEMA travel trailer and manufactured home between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the west entrance to Davis Park. A FEMA specialist will be on hand to answer questions.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has signed Senate Substitute for HB 2540, which creates a $5 million Business Restoration Assistance Program for businesses in Kiowa County damaged by the May 4 storm. The relief bill also includes a sales tax exemption for items and services purchased to construct, reconstruct, enlarge or remodel a business facility (including agricultural fencing) within Kiowa County.

· FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA or or on the square.
· Red Cross at 1-866-GET INFO or your local chapter.
· Contact Kansas Representative Jerry Moran for assistance with the federal government at 620-665-6138.
· USDA Rural Development Housing at 785-628-3081 or 1-800-338-5546.
· Disaster Recovery Center at Barclay College or 620-862-7750. Center agencies are FEMA; Kansas Departments of Health and Environment, SRS and Labor; Veterans Administration; SBA and Salvation Army.
· SBA low interest loans at 1-800-659-2955 or on the square.
· Free, non-fee legal case assistance at 1-800-929-3111 and at Disaster Recovery Center at Barclay College.
· Farm field debris removal to register for help call 314-313-4779 or visit Davis Park Volunteer Reception Center.
· Disabled American Veterans at 316-688-6722.
· Mullinville and Haviland United Methodist Churches between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
· Mullinville Church of Christ at 620-548-2512.

· Mental health professionals at 785-313-6359.
· Claim lost firearms by calling the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department at 620-723-2182.
· Report stray or dead animals or missing pets by calling 620-672-6777.
· Free child safety seats available from the Kiowa County Health Department at 620-388-4544.
· File complaints against private insurance companies by calling the Kansas Insurance Commissioner at 1-800-432-2484.

FREE PHONE USE at the square for residents and responders provided by AT&T.

· Volunteers have contributed 24,734 hours to date.
· EPA has collected 28,171 household hazardous waste items to date.
· Since the storm, workers have hauled 210,153 cubic yards of debris – that’s enough to fill 64 Olympic swimming pools or an 11 and ½ story building the size of the Greensburg Football Field.
· Debris removal began again on Tuesday, May 29th after ceasing over the weekend.

· Curfew in effect from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
· Obey all traffic laws.
· Treat ALL power lines as if they are live. Call 911 if you observe an arcing power line.
· Leave room for emergency and military vehicles when parking.
· Take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water. Seek immediate medical attention if you feel dizzy, nauseated or experience vomiting.
· Burning is prohibited in Greensburg. In rural areas, follow county ordinances. Burning is discouraged in high winds.
· Never enter any building that appears unsafe.
· Respiratory protection is recommended for all workers. Dust masks and safety glasses are available at the Kiowa County Health Department on the square.
· Kansas Gas Service is testing natural gas lines. If you have concerns about gas odors, call 9-1-1.

VEHICLE REMOVAL. Tagged, damaged or destroyed vehicles in Greensburg were towed to the south landfill. Owners are NOT responsible for landfill tow fees. Contact the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office at 620-723-2182 with questions.

THOSE WISHING TO VOLUNTEER MUST CALL 211 (in state) or 1-888-413-4327 (out of state) prior to arrival. Ameri Corp is organizing groups wishing to volunteer. Group leaders must call 314-313-4779. Volunteers must dress appropriately for hazardous working conditions.

GREENSBURG FRAUD TASK FORCE. The Greensburg Fraud Task Force will investigate and prosecute any thefts of federal disaster relief funds. Task Force members include the KBI, FBI, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. Call 1-800-KS-CRIME with tips.

GREENSBURG MAIL is forwarded to the Pratt Post Office where residents and businesses can register for a free post office box.

A combined honor guard of the Wichita and Sedgwick County Fire Departments participated in a Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery on May 28.


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