Kansas and Missouri Severe Weather Awareness Week set for:
March 2-8, 2014

Kansas and Missouri Tornado Drill scheduled for:
, March 6th  at 1:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, in conjunction with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, and local emergency management agencies, will conduct the annual statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week for both Kansas and Missouri March 2th through March 8th, 2014**.

The statewide tornado drill for Missouri and some of the counties in Kansas, including the counties in the Pleasant Hill forecast and warning area, will take place on Thursday, March 6th, at 1:30 p.m.  The date for this test has been moved from its original date of Tuesday, March 4th, at 1:30 p.m. The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill will issue a test tornado warning as part of the drill.  Local warning sirens, NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio, and the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be activated upon receipt of this warning, to signal the start of the drill. The "TOR" code for EAS and NOAA Weather Radio will be used again this year to simulate what would occur in the event of an actual tornado warning. Residents should treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado emergency.  The purpose of the annual drill is to test everyone's readiness for life-threatening severe weather events such as tornadoes, flash floods, large hail, and damaging winds.

House Destroyed by EF4 Tornado February 28, 2007 near Blue Mound, KS

Daily themes during this week will include:

Monday - Preparedness Day

Tuesday - Tornadoes Day

Wednesday - Flash Flood Day

Thursday - Thunderstorm Day

Friday - NOAA Weather Radio Day


 You are encouraged to use this week, and the annual test day, to review your severe weather safety plans.  Practice what you would do in a real severe weather emergency.    


Links at the bottom of this page offer several severe weather awareness resources for the media, emergency managers and the public to use. Feel free to download and duplicate as needed for your local awareness campaigns.

Throughout the Spring and Summer, be sure to check out our Severe Weather Tracker web page, our interactive Decision Support Page, our new Graphical Hazardous Weather Outlook, and our Forecast web page, to keep track of the latest forecasts, advisories, watches, and warnings.

You can also receive weather updates and communicate with us via social media. Please make sure to "like" us on Facebook and  "follow" our Twitter feed.

Radar image from February 28th 2007: Nation's first EF4 tornado near Blue Mound, KS

Some helpful links and resources for Severe Weather Awareness Week

Tornado Safety Products and Terms How to Prepare
Flood Safety Lightning Safety Hail/Damaging Wind Safety
StormReady Safe Room Safety Brochures

Project Community Alert



Weather Mural

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