Severe Weather Can Strike at Any Time

LightningAs the state approaches Severe Weather Awareness Week, Kansans are reminded that tornado season in Kansas last year began on February 28 with eight tornadoes including one that caused serious damage and a fatality in Harveyville. It’s important to be ready for these storms to occur any time of year.

Severe Weather Awareness Week, which is March 3-9, gives residents a chance to put a plan in place and practice it. Emergency Management Officials encourage Kansans to discuss with their families where to go in case of a severe storm and how to contact each other afterward.

Emergency kits also should be prepared. These kits should include nonperishable food, water, medications, first aid items, batteries, flashlight, radio, sanitation items, money, photocopies of important documents and supplies for babies or pets.

Weather permitting, Kansas will hold a statewide tornado drill on March 5 at 1:30 p.m.