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KMU is continuing to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The association is committed to the health and safety of our members and the communities which they serve. KMU is continuing to monitor the situation and remains in consultation with organizations and officials at the federal and state levels to help member utilities with resources and assistance that could be available particularly now that COVID-19 has been officially declared a pandemic and a national health emergency.

KMU recommends understanding the potential risks to your community and knowing where to turn for accurate and reliable information to help your utilities understand the pandemic situation and adapt to an evolving health crisis. KMU is providing this COVID-19 Resources page to provide links quickly accessing important information from a variety of sources that can help utilities.
 

Executive Order No. 20-15, Governor Laura Kelly

Executive Order #20-15 details the Kansas Essential Functions Framework (KEFF) that counties will be required to use if local officials determine it is necessary to issue stay-at-home orders. Stay-at-home orders require that residents not leave their homes unless they are engaged in activities that are essential to the health and safety of themselves, family members or friends. Essential activities include, but are not limited to, seeking medical attention, purchasing food or filling up gas tanks.

KEFF was developed with reference to national critical function guidelines established for pandemic and other disaster response efforts and provides information on how to limit sustained personal interaction while providing for the continuation of essential infrastructure and businesses. If a local authority has issued a stay-home or similar order, businesses or organizations that fit a KEFF exemption for essential functions should contact that local authority.

 

Executive Order No. 20-05, Governor Laura Kelly

"NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Kansas, including the authority granted me by ICS.A. 48-924 and K.S.A. 48-925, in order to mitigate the economic effects of the spread of COVID-19 I hereby direct and order that all Kansas utility providers not under the jurisdiction of the Kansas Corporation Commission temporarily suspend the practice of disconnecting service to Kansas citizens for non-payment. This directive covers all electrical, natural gas, water, and telecommunications utilities as well as internet service providers who provide services to Kansas citizens."

 

Executive Order No. 20-04, Governor Laura Kelly

“NOW, THEREFORE, pursuant to the authority vested in me as Governor of the State of Kansas, including the authority granted me by K.S.A 48-924 and K.S.A 48-925, in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, I hereby direct and order the following: 

1. Effective at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, all public or private mass gatherings, as defined below, are prohibited in the State of Kansas.

a.   The phrase "mass gathering" as used in this order means any planned or spontaneous, public or private event or convening that will bring together or is likely to bring together 50 or more people in a confined or enclosed space at the same time.

b.   This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, mass gatherings at: auditoriums, theaters, movie theaters, museums, stadiums, arenas, conference rooms, meeting halls, exhibition centers, taverns, health and fitness centers, recreation centers, and licensed pools.” 

 
 

Kansas Attorney General

 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary:  www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/.

 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

Environmental Protection Agency

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):  https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus   

 

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

COVID-19 Resource Center:  http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm

 

Kansas Corporation Commission

 

American Public Gas Association (APGA)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources:  https://www.apga.org/apgamainsite/resources/covid

 

American Water Works Association (AWWA)

Coronavirus (COVID-19):  https://www.awwa.org/Resources-Tools/Resource-Topics/Coronavirus 

 

American Public Power Association (APPA)

Current Priority: Coronavirus:  https://www.wef.org/news-hub/current-priorities/coronavirus/

 

Water Environment Federation

Current Priority: Coronavirus:  https://www.wef.org/news-hub/current-priorities/coronavirus/


Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

COVID-19:  https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/covid-19/

 

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Coronavirus:  https://www.cisa.gov/coronavirus

 

Electric Subsector Coordinating Council

 

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

“There is no evidence that the COVID-19 virus survives the disinfection process for drinking water and wastewater.  Americans can continue to use and drink water from their tap as usual.”

 

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

 
 
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