Gov. Laura Kelly reminds Kansans to be aware of severe weather; KDOT work zones

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - With severe weather coming up, Governor Laura Kelly wants Kansans to be prepared.

She signed a proclamation Friday morning declaring next March 4th-8th as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Emergency officials from around the state, along with Fred the Preparedness Dog, joined Kelly for the event.

The state says Kansas recorded 45 tornadoes last year but there were no deaths.

Officials say it is important to have an emergency plan.

"Think about where you're gonna go and practice," said Michael McNulty, the Deputy Preparedness Director for KDHE. "A lot of the kids will practice severe weather and tornado drills in school, but let's practice at home, too, and including our pets as part of that and getting them included. Building that family emergency kit for three days. Include food, and water and first supplies, all the things that we need."

Kansans are also urged to take part in a state-wide tornado drill Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The Kansas Department of Transportation reminds you to be aware when driving in work zones.

They joined the governor for a proclamation declaring National Work Zone Awareness Week in April.

KDOT says they focus on worker safety year round.

"Whether we're out there in the summer with the big construction and maintenance jobs or whether it's in the winter plowing snow or filling potholes, it's 365 days a year," said Kim Stich. "These guys are out there doing whatever's necessary to make the roads as good as possible for people to drive on."

Two years ago, there were 8 crashes in Kansas work zones, resulting in 12 deaths.