This week more than 500 students in 25 different classrooms across the CKCF affiliate region received materials for out BE READY BE RESILIENT Severe Weather Education initiative supported by a generous grant from our partners at the Funders’ Network in Coral Gables, FL. Teachers received a presentation designed to spark discussion, after which the students are encouraged to take the information home and present the information to their family and also connect with another household who could use the information. Included in the materials for each student are two BE READY BE RESILIENT magnets to serve as a reminder of the information and a Family Emergency Kit checklist that can be used when gathering supplies for the suggested preparedness kit.
A HUGE highlight of this initiative is a partnership with Chief Meteorologist, Lisa Teachman, and the KSN Weather Team who has been scheduling visits of the Storm Tracker vehicle to as many of our participating schools as possible. This addition to the project helps students make an additional and ongoing point of connection with a reliable resource that can provide severe weather information to keep families safe.
We believe that CKCF has enough supplies to support our schools in delivery of this information again in the spring of 2021, and we will continue to look for funding support to ensure the long-term sustainability of this initiative.
If you have not discussed severe weather preparedness in your household, now is the perfect time!
Central Kansas Community Foundation has made a mini-grant to Harvey County Emergency Services from our most recent grant award from the Funders’ Network. The Harvey County Emergency Services team is holding a SafetyFair which will promote community education in the areas of safety and preparedness. This FREE event will be held at the Chisholm Trail Center on Saturday, March 7th from 10:00-2:00 and will feature information about weather, home safety, preparedness and more. County vehicles, booths and other fun features will be onsite. This is a great way to engage your family in conversations on these important topics. SHARE THIS INFORMATION!!!
Central Kansas Community Foundation remains committed to our work as a funder who is prepared to respond in the event of a disaster. It is important to remain aware that disaster can strike any time and under a variety of circumstances. One disaster response organization with which CKCF has a relationship is the Center for Disaster Philanthropy whose website is:
Currently our attention goes to the people of Australia as the brushfire battle continues. If you are interested in learning more about ways to support, please visit
An upcoming initiative for Central Kansas Community Foundation and supported by a grant from the Funders’ Network, centers around disaster preparedness education for elementary students in the CKCF affiliate network. Watch this space for updates.
Disaster Support Coordinator
Central Kansas Community Foundation
CKCF Disaster Donor Services
Welcome to the Disaster Support webpage for the CKCF service area, sponsored by the Central Kansas Community Foundation. We research and vet charitable organizations that are currently taking donations for national and local natural and situational disaster events. Donations to these organizations are safe and tax deductible to the extent of the law.
In addition, should there be a crisis or natural disaster in Harvey County or the surrounding service area, we will post information here and provide a tax deductible means for you to support your community and any victims through charitable giving.