Shawnee Co: Ways to Prepare for Storms

From Shawnee County Emergency Management:
The National Weather Service, local meteorologists and the County and City emergency coordinators are concerned about the impending severe weather this weekend.


Shawnee County Emergency Management would like to encourage the residents to take the opportunity to prepare for the potential of quickly developing storms that have devastating potential.


Please remember that a “Thunderstorm Warning” means that winds can be equal to EF1 tornadoes and tornadoes can develop in the storm. Downbursts that deliver damaging winds and actual tornadoes can happen without warning in a thunderstorm as well. Please do not discount the damaging potential of a thunderstorm.

NOAA “All Hazard” radios, Immediate Response Information System (IRIS), personal mobile device applications (such as emergency, commercial radio and television can be used as your personal warning system. Remember, redundancy in a warning system is a good idea. Regardless of the method of warning, you should take appropriate action immediately when it is issued.

Once inside, stay informed by watching television or listen to a radio or the NOAA “All Hazards” radio for further information. Local officials will provide information about the emergency through these outlets. The sirens WILL NOT be used to indicate an “all clear”. If a siren is heard you should continue to take cover.

Please take this time before the storm to make a plan, build a kit and know how you will stay informed. To get ideas please visit

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