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Disaster is commonly defined as a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life. While we can’t always control what happens, we can be better prepared to deal with a disaster. For the nearly three million people who live in Kansas, a disaster could include a tornado, flood, ice storm or fire. K-State Research and Extension family resource specialist Elizabeth Kiss says Prepare Kansas, an online financial challenge to organize and help ease recovery after disasters, is being offered throughout September to help families build a household inventory, review insurance coverages, make a grab-and-go box and provide tips for what to do following a disaster.

8/27/2014 7:00:00 PM

Prepare Kansas

Prepare Kansas is an online challenge to help your family be prepared for disasters. See video
8/22/2014 8:00:00 AM

Kansans Can Sign Up Now for New Financial Challenge

Consider this scenario: You live where straight-line winds, occasional flooding, and fire are ever-present threats. Oh, wait, that’s not just a scenario. That’s reality for the almost 2.9 million people who call Kansas home.
8/20/2014 8:00:00 AM

Building an Emergency Fund

According to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings. Of those who do have savings, 67 percent have less than six months worth of expenses saved. Having access to just $500-1,000 in savings could help most people meet unexpected financial challenges, said K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss.

8/19/2014 8:00:00 AM


More than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings, according to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate.com. Of those who do have savings, 67% have less than six months’ worth of expenses. While it’s nice to have a large sum set aside for emergencies, K-State Research and Extension family resource management specialist Elizabeth Kiss (kish) says having access to $500 to $1,000 of savings will help most people meet unexpected expenses. On today’s Sound Living: ways to start building an emergency fund.

7/17/2014 7:00:00 PM

No More Military Surplus For Rural Fire Departments... Play Audio

From the rural fire protection program of the Kansas Forest Service at K-State, Eric Ward reports on a concerning new development regarding the availability of excess military vehicles for service in rural fire departments in Kansas and across the nation...that program has now been halted, and he talks about how this will severely hamper many local fire departments in the state.

7/2/2014 7:00:00 PM

Static Charge Build-Up In Stored Diesel... Play Audio

K-State agricultural engineer Ed Brokesh talks about a potential safety issue that farmers and ranchers should know about:  static charge build-up in stored diesel.

6/30/2014 7:00:00 PM


If you are planning to be outdoors in the coming weeks and months, a couple of experts are warning to be extra cautious when it comes to ticks.  In fact, in some areas of the state tick exposure can truly be massive, with the possibility of encountering dozens, even hundreds of the little pests.  And these are pests that pose very real dangers for humans and animals, alike.

6/25/2014 7:00:00 PM

Weibert Honored as Animal Sciences and Industry Distinguished Alumnus

Warren WeibertWarren Weibert, a 1969 graduate of Kansas State, was honored on Nov. 15 as the recipient of the 2013 K-State Animal Sciences & Industry Distinguished Alumnus Award.
11/21/2013 8:00:00 AM