The Butler County Emergency Management Agency recently unveiled the 2013 edition of the Emergency Preparedness Guidebook.

The Butler County Emergency Management Agency recently unveiled the 2013 edition of the Emergency Preparedness Guidebook.

This comprehensive guidebook is provided by the Butler County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and is sponsored by donations and grants from: Enbridge, South Central Metro Region Health Partners, BNSF Railway, Susan B. Allen Hospital, Mears Fertilizer, and Savage. Without the financial gifts of these partners, this important public awareness tool would not be possible.

The guidebook’s purpose is to educate citizens on the various hazards they might face, as well as teach them steps they can take to protect themselves, their families and their property from these hazards.

Additionally, this book introduces them to the wide range of agencies and resources that are available in Butler County to assist them and to respond on their behalf in the event of an emergency or disaster.

The guidebook was originally created by the LEPC and Emergency Management in 1998 and has been used as a template by many other public safety organizations around the country. It has also been recognized by FEMA as a best practice in public awareness and emergency preparedness.

Several local health care agencies will begin distributing guidebooks to employees, customers and clients throughout the spring and summer. The primary distribution of the guidebooks will occur this fall, however, when Emergency Management will again partner with local school officials to send a guidebook home with each school child in the county.

Any Butler County resident or local organization interested in obtaining copies of the Emergency Preparedness Guidebook should contact the Emergency Management office at (316) 733-9796. A digital copy of the guidebook will also be made available on the Butler County Web site in the Emergency Management Department’s LEPC information.

The book has a special meaning to many and is dedicated to Abbey (Mathias) Bradley’s memory.

In 1998, when Bradley was a young, energetic administrative assistant with Butler County EMA, her passion and dedication to public awareness led her to shape the original document they continue today.

Bradley passed away in January, leaving behind a husband and six children. In honor of her life, they have dedicated this guidebook to her.

For questions or comments, contact Jim Schmidt or Keri Korthals at the Emergency Management office at the number above or by e-mail at or