TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is hosting a live Twitter chat this Thursday at 3 p.m. to answer questions about severe weather and preparedness. In 2011, there were 68 tornados in Kansas. With severe weather already striking Kansas, KDHE wants to make available potentially lifesaving, actionable information.
By logging onto www.twitter.com, following @KDHE and using the hashtag #ksstorms, Kansans can ask questions about severe weather, preparing for storms and what to do if severe weather strikes.
“It’s important for Kansans and their families to be prepared before severe bad weather strikes. We have already had severe storms and even tornadoes pass through Kansas this year”, explained Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “We are committed to making sure everyone is well informed before the storm, and this Twitter chat can serve as just one of the mediums available in answering questions.”
If you’re not already on Twitter, here's how to get started:
· Create an account at Twitter.com.
· Search for our account, which is @KDHE, and begin to “Follow” us.
· On Friday at 3 p.m., visit Twitter.com and search for #ksstorms. Save your search and you will be able to view real-time results of the chat.
· To join the conversation, tweet your question or comment and include the hashtag #ksstorms in your tweet. Make sure the entire question or comment, including hashtag, is 140 characters or less.
· Refresh your page. You will be able to see your question appear in the conversation as well as the Tweets posted by @KDHE.
Information about severe weather and being prepared is available at www.ready.gov.