- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Gov. Sam Brownback has called out Kansas National Guard troops to help transport emergency and medical personnel and rescue stranded motorists.

Brownback also announced Tuesday that he’s issued a disaster declaration for the state. The declaration makes it easier for the state Division of Emergency Management to move personnel and equipment around the state.

State Adjutant General Lee Tafanelli said 36 National Guard members have been activated to work in four-member teams. He said their first priority will be transporting emergency and medical personnel who can’t get through on snow-packed roads.

Schools and government offices were closed in much of Kansas on Tuesday amid the storm that was expected to drop up to a foot of snow in some places.

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