Severe Weather Awareness Week 2011

Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week set for March 7-11, 2011

KansasTornado Drill on Thursday, March 10  at 1:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service in Topeka, in conjunction with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management and local emergency management agencies, will conduct the annual statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week for Kansas March 7th through March 11th, 2011.

The statewide tornado drill for Kansas  will take place on Thursday, March 10th, at 1:30 p.m.   The National Weather Service in Topeka 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.

 Daily themes during this week will include:  

House Destroyed by EF4 Tornado February 28, 2007 near Blue Mound, KS  Monday - Preparedness Day

  Tuesday - Tornadoes Day

  Wednesday - Flash Flood Day

  Thursday - Thunderstorm Day

  Friday - NOAA Weather Radio Day

The 2011 severe weather season can quickly become quite active across the country, so it is imperative you prepare now.  Residents are encouraged to use this week, and the annual test day, to review their 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, and our Forecast web page, to keep track of the latest forecasts, advisories, watches, and warnings.

Radar image from February 28th 2007: Nation's first EF4 tornado near Blue Mound, KS
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  
StormReady Safe Room Safety Brochures

Project Community Alert



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