Severe Weather Awareness Week

The National Weather Service, the American Red Cross and the Kansas Emergency Management agency, would like everyone to participate in “Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week” activities from March 12 – 16, 2007. The annual statewide tornado drill will take place during the day, Tuesday, March 13th at 1:30 pm CDT, with a backup date of Thursday, March 15th.  A full packet of information can be found by clicking here.  (it may take a few minutes to download).

2006 was another year where the number of tornadoes 92 far exceeded the average of 55. In 2005, a record 135 tornadoes occurred across the state of Kansas. In addition, numerous severe thunderstorms caused millions of dollars in damage to property and crops by producing damaging winds, large hail and torrential rainfall.

Kansans live with the threat of severe weather year round. Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week is a great time to prepare for severe weather. Families should practice their severe weather safety plan at home, work, school or other public locations that they frequent. They should develop a safety plan for times when they are participating in outdoor recreation activities, sporting events, or working outdoors. Each Kansan should know where to go should severe weather strike their location.

All Hazards NOAA Weather Radio is like having your personal tornado siren in your home or vehicle. We encourage Kansans to purchase a weather radio and have it programmed to their county and/or surrounding counties to receive severe weather warnings and information directly from the National Weather Service. Now is a great time to replace the back up battery in your NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio so that you get severe weather information even if the power goes out.

Spotter and Severe Weather Presentations

Presentations for storm spotters and for anyone interested in learning more about severe thunderstorms will be held across the area through April.  These presentations will be free and open to everyone to attend.  The schedule can be found by clicking here or by clicking on the icon found at the bottom of the web page. 

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