ELWOOD, Kansas -- Twenty-four soldiers from the Kansas National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 130th Field Artillery have deployed to Doniphan County to augment security patrols and assist in evacuations, if needed. The tasking came through the Kansas Division of Emergency Management at the request of the mayor of Elwood and county emergency management officials.
These soldiers are in addition to the 10 that have been on duty in Doniphan County since early June to patrol levees and assess their condition.
“These Guardsmen will be available as a support resource for emergency responders in Doniphan County,” said Maj. Gen. (KS) Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general and director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management.
An estimated 400 residents have voluntarily left Elwood as a precaution. The public is reminded that, if they need to evacuate their homes, to do so as early as possible and take all essential items with them, including family records, medications, pets and other valuables. Once you have relocated, it is unlikely you will be able to return to your home to retrieve items for an extended period of time.
The State Emergency Operations Center is being staffed on a 16-hour basis with support from key Emergency Support Function agencies. A duty officer will remain on duty overnight to maintain contact with local emergency managers. If conditions warrant, the EOC will be staffed on a 24-hour basis.
“We are constantly assessing the situation and the necessary level of response,” said Tafanelli. “If we need to bring in more people to provide coverage of emergency support functions in the EOC, then we will do it.”