Monday March 9th through Friday March 13th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. We are working closely with the Kansas Emergency Management Association and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to promote weather safety across the state.
It was another record setting year for the tornadoes in the Kansas during 2008. A phenomenal number of 187 tornadoes were observed in state. Unfortunately 4 persons lost their lives and 9 others sustained injuries. In addition to the tornadoes, numerous thunderstorms caused millions of dollars in damage to property and crops by producing damaging winds and large hail. Flooding was widespread in Kansas and caused millions of dollars in additional damage.
Kansas residents live with the threat of severe weather year round, but especially during the spring and early summer months. Severe Weather Awareness Week is a great time to prepare for weather hazards such as floods, lightning, hail, high wind and of course tornadoes. Everyone should practice their severe weather safety plan at home, work, school or other public locations that they frequent. You should develop a safety plan for times when you’re articipating in outdoor recreational activities, sporting events or working outdoors.
One way to stay informed is to have an All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio. It's like having your personal tornado siren in your home or vehicle. Be aware that outdoor sirens are designed to be heard outdoors. You may not be able to hear the siren if you are asleep or have the air conditioner running. The All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio is the only warning system specifically designed to notify you of severe weather if you are asleep or at other times when you are not monitoring TV or radio. We encourage everyone to purchase these radios and have it programmed to their county and/or surrounding counties to receive severe weather warnings and other information that is transmitted by the National Weather Service
► Spotter and storm identification presentation schedule (all are encourage to attend these FREE presentations)
► Informaton packet on the Kansas severe weather statistics and other useful information (takes a minute to download)
► NOAA All Hazard Weather Radios - they could save your life!