Monday, January 31, 2011
The National Weather Service issued warnings for extreme weather conditions in KCP&L’s service territory through the next few days. Both KCP&L crews and contract crews have been placed on standby alert and additional restoration materials have been staged at various locations throughout the service territory.
If power outages occur as a result of this storm, these crews will be called upon to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible. In addition, employees in KCP&L’s 24-hour Emergency Operations Center are currently working with local communities to prepare customers for the storm.
KCP&L wants to remind customers of tips to stay safe during this storm:
- Prepare a winter storm kit by gathering extra supplies for your home and your car, including:
- First-aid kit and essential medications
- Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries
- Canned food and can opener
- Bottled water
- Warm clothing, blanket, coat, gloves, hat and water-resistant boots for each family member
- Stay indoors during the storm, if possible.If you must move to an alternate location, dress warmly with several layers of clothing, wear gloves and a hat to avoid exposing your skin to dangerous wind chill.
- Walk carefully on snowy and icy surfaces. Avoid traveling by car and risk being stranded, but if you must travel:
- Carry a "disaster kit" in the trunk.
- Keep the car's gas tank full for emergency use and to keep the fuel line from freezing.
- Always let someone know your destination, route of travel and expected time of arrival.
- Carry a cell phone if you have one.
- For family members on a life support system, plan for arrangementsto get them to a location where their needs can be met in the case of a power outage. In addition, contact KCP&L at 888-471-5275 to make sure we've noted that a life support system exists at that service location.
- In the event of a power outage, call 1-888-LIGHTKC(1-888-544-4852) to report the outage. And, keep the following in mind:
- Never touch or attempt to pick up a fallen power line. Assume any downed power line is energized. If you see a downed power line, call KCP&L immediately at 1-888-LIGHTKC (1-888-544-4852).
- During an outage do not open your refrigerator or freezer more than necessary. Undisturbed food will remain frozen in most freezers for up to 48 hours.
- If using a portable generator during an outage, follow the manufacturer’s safety and operating guidelines. Operate the generator in a well-ventilated area; never indoors or your garage. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes can build up and cause serious injury or death.
- If you have access to the internet, visit the KCP&L Storm Center at www.kcpl.com/stormcenter for storm information and additional safety tips.
Space heaters resulted in far more fires and fire fatalities than central heating devices. Between 2004 and 2008, fixed (stationary) and portable space heaters (excluding fireplaces, chimneys, and chimney connectors, but including wood stoves) annually accounted for, on average, one-third of reported U.S. home heating fires and four out of five associated civilian deaths.
Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency in Missouri and activated the Missouri National Guard in preparation for a severe winter storm that is moving into the region. The Governor and state emergency officials began monitoring the storm over the weekend, when the Governor ordered that emergency generators be deployed to staging locations across the state.
Earlier this afternoon, Gov. Nixon signed Executive Order 11-03 to declare a state of emergency in Missouri. The executive order activates the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to assist local jurisdictions with their emergency preparation and response. The Governor also signed Executive Order 11-04, which activates the Missouri National Guard in response to the storm. Under the Governor’s orders, Citizen-Soldiers from the Guard will be deployed to support local emergency agencies.
“Most of Missouri is expected to be affected by this severe winter storm, which is predicted to cause treacherous road conditions and possibly widespread power outages,” Gov. Nixon said. “My chief concern is the safety of Missourians, and these orders make state agency resources and the Citizen-Soldiers of the Missouri National Guard available to help communities respond. As state emergency officials continued to track the storm over the weekend, we worked closely with local agencies and faith and community groups to ensure that Missouri is as prepared as possible.”
Before signing these orders, Gov. Nixon received an updated briefing from his emergency management team, including senior officials from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, Missouri National Guard, Missouri State Highway Patrol and State Emergency Management Agency to assess the current weather situation and review the latest forecasts.
Under Gov. Nixon’s orders, the State Emergency Operations Center is now operating 24 hours a day. Liaison officers from the National Guard will begin working with county and local officials to determine where the Guard’s help is needed.
National Weather Service forecasts call for significant ice in some areas, widespread heavy snowfall of a foot or more, and sustained winds. These extreme conditions create a strong possibility of power outages. The Governor also cautions Missourians who see downed power lines to report them immediately to their electric utility; to stay away from the downed lines; and to warn others to do so as well.
The forecast also calls for temperatures to drop into the single digits or below in parts of Missouri later in the week. Gov. Nixon encourages Missourians to take steps to protect themselves and their families, including:
· Listen to radio, television, or NOAA Weather Radio for weather reports and emergency information, or visit the state’s Web site – MO.gov – for comprehensive emergency information.
· If you must drive, check MO.gov for road conditions before departing. Dial the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s emergency line – *55 from a cellular phone – if you encounter an accident while driving.
· Check on the elderly and neighbors who may be in need of additional assistance. For information about emergency services and resources, visit MO.gov.
Missourians who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. The 211 service is now available for most areas of Missouri. In areas where the 211 service is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626.
In addition to the National Guard, state agencies that can be activated for duty under the order include: Missouri Department of Public Safety, State Emergency Management Agency, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Division of Fire Safety, Department of Agriculture, Department of Conservation, Department of Corrections, Department of Health and Senior Services, Department of Mental Health, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Social Services, Department of Transportation and the Office of Administration.
Non-government and volunteer working with the State Emergency Operations Center include the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, AmeriCorps, and the Governor’s Faith-Based and Community Service Partnership for Disaster Recovery.
Missouri Tiger football games are not going to sound the same next year. He was all about MU Tiger Football and you could tell it in his broadcasts.
- Advice for safe snow shoveling: http://extension.missouri.edu/news/DisplayStory.aspx?N=1032.
- Elderly at special risk during frigid weather: http://extension.missouri.edu/news/DisplayStory.aspx?N=632
- MU expert recommends precautions to avoid frozen pipes: http://extension.missouri.edu/news/DisplayStory.aspx?N=631
- Winter power outages can lead to generator concerns: http://extension.missouri.edu/news/DisplayStory.aspx?N=1033
- Ice dams on the roof can damage your home: http://extension.missouri.edu/news/DisplayStory.aspx?N=637
- EMW1001, Statewide Disaster Response/Recovery Contact List http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=EMW1001
- EMW1012, Disaster Supplies Kit http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=EMW1012
- G6867, First Aid for Storm-Damaged Trees http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=G6867
- GH5117, Preparing for an Emergency: Home Heating in an Emergency http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=GH5117
- GH5118, For the Unprepared: Home Heating in an Emergency http://extension.missouri.edu/publications/DisplayPub.aspx?P=GH5118
Have just finished with a conference webinar with the National Weather Forecast and the substance of that information follows:
They are using terms such as “Historic” “Extreme”, etc. for this storm. As always, the path may change. They do not expect to do another conference call. They have provided two web-sites that will be updated about every 6 hrs. or so. They are as follows:
More freezing rain today with a lull this afternoon before the snow begins. The amount of snow for us looks to be 7.3” here and to the SE part of our county 10.3”. They expect it to begin with wet/heavy snow, going then to light fluffy snow. It will begin this evening and progress throughout tomorrow & tomorrow night. They recommend that people be where they want to be by tomorrow afternoon late because they may have to stay there for some time. They expect blizzard conditions with 30-40mph winds beginning Tuesday afternoon and a possible power outage because of the winds. Wind chills by Thursday will be -25 degrees below zero. They expect the wind to decrease to 15 to 20 mph late Wednesday morning.
If we need to establish shelters, we will open the school and the WCCC is available. My home phone number is (660)564-3514 and my cell is (660)582-0315.
Holding the Line on Taxes
Within the last year, we have witnessed numerous states across the nation give up on the fundamental principle that government must live within its means. Instead of making the difficult decisions to balance their budgets, elected officials took more money out of the pockets of the hard working families in those states. In recent weeks before, members of the Illinois Legislature voted to dramatically increase both the personal and the corporate income taxes. Their governor quickly signed the measure into law, thereby leaving hardworking taxpayers with less money to balance their family budgets and business owners with fewer resources to hire employees and/or invest in the growth of their businesses.
Although many states are considering similar job killing tax increases, the reality is that this course of action will not fix the long term problems. In fact, this approach does nothing more than kick the can down the road as it fails to resolve fundamental spending problems while hindering the dollars available to grow their economy. What these tax and spend politicians fail to understand is the importance tax policy plays in a state’s economic plan and how ill-advised changes can cause dramatic effects to a state’s overall fiscal health and stability.
The Missouri State Senate has chosen a different approach to repairing our financial foundation. Rather than burdening taxpayers with greater financial strains, we are focusing our efforts on creating new opportunities for economic growth while simultaneously cutting the cost of state government. Now more than ever, it is time to formulate a comprehensive plan that empowers the private sector to fuel our economic growth. As our private sector succeeds and prospers, our state government will have the resources necessary to fund vital services.
The economic conditions in our nation and our state have changed, and the only way for us to enjoy long term prosperity is to have a government that is leaner and more efficient. Raising taxes to fix mistakes of the past has never worked, and I believe Missouri’s hard-working citizens deserve better. The decisions we make in the coming months will formulate our future, therefore, we must make the difficult decisions necessary to ensure our state government lives within its means without taking more from Missouri’s taxpayers.
As always, please feel free to call, email, or write with your ideas or concerns. The Capitol number is (573) 751-1415, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org and my mailing address is Room 422, State Capitol Building, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Early on, it looked like King City would run away with it as Dalton Workman was stealing the ball away at will as King City built up a 9-4 lead in the first quarter. They were beating Northeast up and down the floor until Northeast got putbacks from Bryce Farnan and Colby Wiederholt to make it 11-10 before Justin Derks got a putback at the buzzer to put King City up 13-10 after one.
Workman continued to score at will for King City in the second quarter, getting a shot from the left side, a driving layup, and a pair of free throws. Northeast countered with a putback from Farnan, a driving layup from Wiederholt after Farnan had gotten a strip, and a 3-pointer from Aaron Patton that made it 21-18 with three minutes left in the second quarter. But then Workman scored off a steal with 2:48 left which led to a 10-2 King City run that seemingly put them in control at 31-20 at the break after Workman hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Workman hit another 3-pointer for King City to start the second quarter to make it 34-20. Farnan continued to hit for Northeast; he had an inside shot that led to a 3-point play and then took it in against three defenders to cut it to 34-25. But Workman continued to hit for King City, getting a 3-pointer with a hand in his face to make it 40-25. It was the kind of insane 3-point shooting that dominated the day; King City would have 10 3-pointers for the night. Farnan did all he could for Northeast in the third quarter; he got nine of Northeast's 12 points in the quarter and took a charge as well as Northeast cut King City's 15 point lead down to 44-32 after three quarters of play.
Northeast used a 25-point fourth quarter to erase their deficit and tie it up at 57. Colby Wiederholt drove down the left side and converted a 3-point play and then Farnan hit a pair of free throws to make it 44-37 with 6:16 left and all of a sudden, Northeast had cut King City's lead in half. Northeast panicked a couple of times on offense and made a pair of turnovers as Ethan McMillen's 3-pointer put King City back in front by 12 at 49-37. But then Farnan got a putback and then drew Workman's fourth foul and hit both free throws and then Colby Wiederholt drove down the left side and connected with the left hand to make it 49-43 with 4:17 left, still plenty of time.
John Spiking hit from the high post for King City but Kevin Stoll hit from the right side and then cleaned up after a Farnan miss to make it 51-48 with 3:06 left. King City hit a couple of free throws to make it 53-48, but then Farnan cleaned up after a Wiederholt miss to make it 53-50. Farnan then picked up his fifth foul on a phantom call -- the official was not anywhere near in position to make the call and there was an official right on top of the play who didn't blow the whistle. But Northeast got a stop and then Colby drove right down the left side of the lane and converted it into a 3-point play to tie it at 53 with 1:44 left. Ethan McMillen hit from the corner with 1:30 left and Kevin Stoll missed from the right side but Justin Derks missed two free throws and Workman lost the ensuing ball out of bounds. Colby Wiederholt drove down the left side and hit one out of two free throws and McMillen hit two free throws to make it 57-54 with 44.4 seconds left. But Aaron Patton responded with a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left to tie it again and Workman missed a long 3-pointer that would have won it in regulation.
After a ragged start to the first overtime, Northeast seemingly took control as Tyler Schmitz, who had a career night the game before, played the game of his life in the six extra periods before fouling out. He took a charge right off the bat on Workman, drawing his fifth foul in the process, which took away King City's best scorer. Kevin Stoll got Tyler the ball on the left wing and he connected to put Northeast up; Colby Wiederholt drove down the middle of the lane to make it 61-57 with 1:06 left in the first extra period. Aaron Patton hit two free throws to put Northeast up 63-58 with 41.9 seconds left, but with a chance to put things away and make it a three possession game, Keaton Ebersold got a steal and drive to make it 63-60 with 24.8 seconds left. Tyler Schmitz had a layup chance but missed wildly and Northeast fouled on the ensuing rebound and Justin Derks hit two free throws to make it 63-62 with 15.2 seconds left. Colby Wiederholt drove it up the floor and it got knocked out of bounds with 8.6 seconds left. Kevin Stoll hit one out of two free throws and Caleb Eiberger missed a runner over three defenders that would have tied it and Aaron Patton made one out of two to make it 65-62 with 1.3 seconds left. But then Ethan McMillen hit a 3-pointer from behind the halfcourt line on the left side of the court at the buzzer to knot it at 65 and send it into another overtime. With Workman out of the game, it was McMillen who carried his team throughout the rest of the extra periods until he fouled out.
Neither team could take control in the second overtime. John Spiking hit a shot from the left wing to put his team up one, but then Dalton Welch drove against two and made one out of two to tie it up. Kevin Stoll got a block and Tyler Schmitz got the ensuing board and Northeast missed, but Aaron Patton stripped the ball after the rebound and turned it into a free throw to put Northeast up 68-67 with 2:29 left. Tyler Schmitz then knocked a ball loose and Kevin Stoll hit from the left side to make it 70-67, but then Ethan McMillen hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:45 left to tie it again. Caleb Eiberger jumped a pass and converted it to free throws to make it 72-70 King City with 1:31 left. Colby drove down the left side of the floor and made one out of two to make it 72-71 with 1:18 left. King City tried to run down the clock and Northeast elected to play for the turnover and got the ball back with 53 seconds left as King City threw it away. Tyler Schmitz hit from the left wing to make it 73-72 with 40 seconds left, but McMillen made one out of two free throws to tie it again with 31.9 seconds left. Kevin Stoll had a good look from his favorite spot on the right baseline at the buzzer but missed and the game went into the third overtime.
After that, Northeast began to show signs of fatigue, missing badly on their first two shots as McMillen grabbed his own miss to put his team up 75-73 with 3:10 left. But Colby drove straight down the left wing to tie it at 75 again with 2:47 left. Tanner Law hit a free throw with 1:56 left, but Kevin Stoll hit a 3-pointer and was knocked down by Caleb Eiberger on the play and hit both free throws to put Northeast up 79-76. But McMillen answered with yet another 3-pointer to tie it up. After that, Northeast had several chances to go ahead but Dalton Welch missed a runner, Tyler Schmitz missed a pair of free throws, and Aaron Patton missed from the high post in the last minute. King City had the ball with a chance to win it at the end of the third overtime and they got it to Ethan McMillen for a final shot. Ethan lost control of the ball and it rolled to near the center court line, but he scooped it up and heaved it up over his head from just across the halfcourt line and the shot nearly went in at the buzzer to give King City an improbable win, bouncing off the front of the rim. It was that kind of a night all over the area.
Northeast set out to take control as a posted Colby Wiederholt drew Ilya Stagner's fifth foul and hit both free throws to make it 81-79. Following a stop, Tyler Schmitz missed from the left wing following a long possession with 2:04 left, but the ball went out of bounds off King City and Kevin Stoll made one out of two free throws to make it 82-79. Tyler Schmitz got a diving steal on defense and Dalton Welch drew Tanner Law's fifth foul. He missed the free throws, but McMillen missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 1:37 left and Colby Wiederholt made it a two possession game with 1:24 left at 83-79. King City missed two 3-pointers that would have brought it to within one and Aaron Patton hit two free throws with 24.3 seconds left that made it 85-79. But once again King City's insane 3-point shooting brought them back as Ethan McMillen hit one from the left wing to make it 85-82. McMillen picked up his fifth foul with 8.6 seconds left which meant that in most normal games, Colby Wiederholt's two missed free throws would not have mattered. But this time Drew Potter hit a heavily guarded 3-pointer at the buzzer to send it into a fifth overtime with nothing decided yet.
Neither side could penetrate the other team's defense for the first two minutes of the fifth period until Spensyr Downing hit a free throw with 1:57 left for King City as the Wildkats were going way down the bench with most of their starters fouled out. But with 1:11 left Colby Wiederholt went down the left side and finally got a reverse layup to go down after having missed on it for much of the year to make it 87-86. Garrett Stegman slipped inside to put King City up 88-87 but Kevin Stoll hit the first of two free throws to tie it up at 88 with 30 seconds left. Colby Wiederholt got the board, but got called for a charge and King City had a chance to win it. But Downing's off-balance shot from the high post at the buzzer was in and out and the teams went into the sixth overtime tied at 88.
Finally, Aaron Patton, who had a career high 23 points for the game, took over the sixth overtime for the win. Tyler Schmitz connected from the right side for Northeast with 3:31 left but John Spiking, the lone King City starter left, slipped inside to tie it back up. Colby Wiederholt drove down the right side and got another reverse layup to fall and The General got a steal and drive to make it 94-90 with 2:28 left. John Spiking slipped in and made one out of two and Dalton Welch traveled with the ball to give King City the ball back with a chance to tie and possibly send it into a seventh overtime. But The General was not letting that happen as he got a steal and drive and then blocked a shot on the other end and got the defensive board, getting one out of two free throws to make it 97-91 with 1:30 left. Spiking hit two free throws for King City to make it 97-93 with 53.5 seconds left, but Kevin Stoll hit one out of two free throws with 40 seconds left and Matthew DeJoode's high post shot missed. Stoll finally sealed it with 10 seconds left with a pair of free throws and Northeast hit the century mark.
Bryce Farnan matched a career high with 28 points before fouling out. Colby Wiederholt had 26 while The General had 20 and Kevin Stoll had 19. Tyler Schmitz had a career high with six.