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TOPEKA (KSNT) — With March here it’s time to start preparing for severe weather season. As part of severe weather awareness week the national weather service and Washburn University offered tips on how to stay prepared when severe weather strikes at the w-u campus earlier today.
Spring is right around the corner, that means it’s time to start preparing for severe weather in Kansas.
Kansas is known for being right in the middle of tornado alley, but there are other types of severe weather Kansans need to stay prepared for.
“Specifically flooding, thunderstorms, high winds, down burs. Those kinds of things we have to be very aware of not only how we are going to react but how we are going to prepare for those things,” said Dusty Nichols, Shawnee County Emergency Deputy Director.
What better way to start preparing for those extreme weather conditions, than to participate in Kansas severe awareness week. It starts with having a plan.
“Looking at where you go and what you do when a tornado warning is issued and then also the awareness part which is knowing what to expect later in the day,” said Chad Omitt, Meteorologist, National Weather Service.
A good way to stay up to date on current weather conditions is to listen to weather radio, you’re local news station or one thing you can do is download our KSNT Storm Track Weather app. It will tell you when severe weather is headed your way.
On Tuesday the annual statewide tornado safety drill will be held at 1:30 p.m.
“We want people to think about where am I going to go, where am I going to take cover if I’m at work or if I’m at school,” said Nichols.
First-grader Hayden Salmon says his school has a plan in place for when severe weather hits.
“We get in a line and go down stairs and then we basically just sit down until our principle tells us to get up,” said Hayden.
So listen to those warning signs and take cover if a severe weather threat is in your area.
This week there will be several severe weather awareness events going on around the state.