TOPEKA, Kan. -- Except for those few people who may have been vacationing in Hawaii over the past week, there are probably no Kansans who have not been made aware of the variability of Kansas weather and the affect it can have on daily life. With the advent of spring and the beginning of tornado season, such reminders may come even more frequently.
To stress the need to be prepared for severe weather, Gov. Sam Brownback will sign a proclamation designating the week of March 3-9 as “Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas.” The signing will take place Thursday, Feb. 28, at 9:30 a.m. in the governor’s ceremonial office in the Kansas Statehouse, Topeka.
The ceremony was originally set for Feb. 22, but was postponed due to the severe snow storms that struck the state beginning Feb. 20.
To highlight the need to be prepared, the Kansas Division of Emergency Management will focus on a different aspect of emergency preparedness each day of the week. Follow KDEM on Twitter and visit the KDEM Facebook page daily to participate in discussions and activities.
In addition to Tuesday’s statewide tornado drill, scheduled social media events include:
Monday, March 4 ‑ Build a Disaster Kit
Tuesday, March 5 ‑ Make a Plan; Statewide Tornado Drill
Wednesday, March 6 ‑ Tornado Awareness Day
Thursday, March 7 ‑ Get a NOAA Weather Radio Day!
Friday, March 8 ‑ Let’s Talk: Twitter Severe Weather Awareness Talk
To help make emergency preparedness more manageable, KDEM has also instituted a monthly online “Kansas Preparedness Challenge.” Completing each monthly challenge makes participants eligible for a prize drawing. Go to www.ksready.gov and click on the “Kansas Preparedness Challenge” link to get started.
For more information on emergency preparedness, go to www.ksready.gov, www.redcross.org, or www.fema.gov.
Weather Radios Available Saturday
All Hazards Weather Radios will be available as part of the Severe Weather Awareness Week events.
Shawnee County residents can get one from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, March 2, on the lower level of Westridge Mall.
The cost is $7.70 cash, you cannot have purchased one previously - and must show proof you're a Shawnee County resident.