Severe weather forces cancellation of Gov. Colyer's severe weather event

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) — On the very same day Gov. Jeff Colyer planned to sign a proclamation on the importance of severe weather preparedness, severe weather got in the way.

The layer of freezing rain and ice that coated the Capital City forced the governor's office to cancel his signing of the Severe Weather Awareness Week proclamation. A new date has not been scheduled.

"Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas" is set to run from March 5-9. All week, the Kansas Dept. of Emergency Management plans to find ways to remind Kansans of the importance of being prepared.

"If you don't already have an emergency kit, start now by buying a few extra batteries and high-energy snacks during your weekly shopping," said Angee Morgan, KDEM deputy director. "Doing a little bit each week makes it easier to prepare for unexpected events."

Click here to see how you can make your own emergency kit.

Colyer's office highlighted how emergency preparedness likely helped save lives last year, pointing out that while there were 60 tornadoes in 2017, there were no deaths attributed to those incidents.