Statewide tornado drill offers a reminder of the importance of preparedness

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — Will you be ready when severe weather strikes?

Today was the day to find out. At 10 a.m., tornado sirens blared across the Sunflower State. The sirens sounded as part of the statewide tornado drill.

Everyone - whether they are at school, at work, or at home - was encouraged to take part and practice what they would do if a tornado were spotted in their area. Preparedness is a key to staying safe when severe weather moves in.

Even though 60 documented tornadoes touched down in Kansas last year, no deaths were blamed on those twisters, according to the Governor's Office. Officials credited that to early warning, storm spotters, and the preparedness systems organizations and people have in place.

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And, to mark Severe Weather Awareness Week and help you stay prepared, WIBW has launched its new 13 Weather app. When storms strike, you won’t be caught off-guard.

  • With location-based alerts, you can know every

    Be prepared with the new WIBW Weather app

    WIBW is launching a new 13 Weather app. When storms strike, you won’t be caught off-guard.

    • With location-based alerts, you can know every notification you get was meant for you;
    • Track the storms, road conditions, and more on the highest resolution interactive radar available;
    • A clean design lets you quickly and easily keep up with the ever-changing Kansas weather.

    Download it today!

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    Click here for Android