Severe Weather Awareness Week
Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week
As the spring season nears, March 7th - 11th has been designated Severe Weather Awareness Week.
"In Kansas, we know all too well the weather can change drastically - and dangerously - in a matter of moments. That's why it's important to take time this upcoming week to refresh with family members on what to do, where to go, and how to react if and when severe weather strikes. In particular, I encourage parents to talk with their kids about what to expect if a weather threat occurs while not at home with them. Having an age appropriate talk with kids about possibilities of phones not working, roads and streets being closed due to debris, power outages and those types of things ahead of time may help reduce their fear and anxiety during an actual event," reminded Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.
Each day through Severe Weather Awareness Week has a specific theme to encourage Kansas to focus their preparation and planning efforts. The daily designations are: Monday - General Preparedness, Tuesday - Tornado, Wednesday - Lightning Safety, Thursday - Hail / High Wind Safety, Friday - Flooding.
"On Tuesday, as part of the Statewide Tornado Drill, outdoor warning sirens will be tested at 10:00 a.m., so long as there isn't an actual weather threat that morning. It's important to remember these sirens are intended to alert those who are outside of their homes and businesses, so it's a good idea - particularly during severe weather threats - to monitor a trusted local weather source or NOAA Weather Alert Radio," continued Sheriff Groves.
More information on the 2022 Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found at weather.gov