Archive for Wednesday, March 4, 2009

State, county prepare for severe weather awareness

March 4, 2009

Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week activities begin Monday.

Emergency officials say this is a great time to review emergency plans and prepare disaster kits for the coming severe weather season.

The annual statewide tornado drill will take place at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with a backup date of Thursday, March 12. Test tornado warnings will be issued via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Weather Radio and the Emergency Alert System for distribution statewide as well as a test of all outdoor warning sirens.

Leavenworth County Emergency Preparedness also will be playing host to training for those interested in becoming a severe weather spotter. The training will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the National Guard Armory, Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Leavenworth.

The Training is open to the public. LCEM would encourage anybody with an interest in severe weather to attend. A representative from the National Weather Service will be conducting the training.

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