Governor comments on destructive storms, praises emergency personnel
The following statement is from Governor Laura Kelly, following destructive tornadoes that hit communities across Kansas last night, May 28, 2019:
“My thoughts are with all Kansans impacted by the destructive tornadoes in Douglas, Leavenworth, Mitchell, Russell, Trego, and Wyandotte Counties last night. We will be working closely with your local emergency management personnel to get you the resources and support you need.
“Kansas is experiencing a historic month of extreme weather – from tornadoes to heavy rain and flooding to severe thunderstorms. This is challenging for our emergency personnel and local officials across the state. I want to sincerely thank all of our local, state, federal partners and voluntary organizations who are working very hard, long hours to keep people safe, assist communities and give neighbors a place to shelter. The State of Kansas is grateful.
“At times like this, it is absolutely critical that we put safety first and heed all warnings from local emergency management officials. Please stay away from damaged areas and allow emergency responders the space to do their jobs. We will continue to work with Major General Lee Tafanelli and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management as they coordinate resources to assess the damage and needs of these communities and deliver support.
“As Kansans, we must look out for each other during this difficult time – we must do what we can to assist our friends and neighbors impacted by these devastating storms. Consider donating to or volunteering with the American Red Cross helping in the areas.”
The Governor will not tour the impacted areas today in order to allow emergency management personnel to complete search and rescue and other lifesaving missions and perform damage assessments. She will tour the areas on Thursday, May 30, 2019.