SALINA – Saline County Emergency Management in partnership with the National Weather Service and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management would like to announce March 5th to 9th, 2018 as “Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week.”
Kansans lives with the threat of severe weather year round; Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week is the ideal time to start preparing for severe weather. Families should practice their severe weather safety plan at home, work, school or other public locations that they frequent. They should develop a safety plan for times when they are participating in outdoor activities as well as a plan for times when they are at home. Each Kansan should know where to go should severe weather strike their location.
Saline County will participate in the annual statewide tornado drill that will take place on Tuesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. by activating the outdoor warning sirens within the county. This drill will also take place over the NOAA weather radios throughout the area to encourage families and businesses to practice their preparedness plans. Should severe weather occur in Saline County during the test time frame the sirens will not be activated. Testing of the outdoor warning sirens occurs in Saline County on the first Monday of each month, weather permitting. If weather conditions are poor, the test is rescheduled for the second Monday of the month.
All businesses are encouraged to participate in this test by exercising their facility tornado plans and procedures. Residents and businesses are strongly urged not to rely on the outdoor warning sirens when they are indoors. Residents and business owners are also strongly encourage to acquire NOAA weather radios for their homes and businesses to receive the most current and accurate weather information. Saline County Emergency Management will be partnered with KAKE news Tuesday, March 13 at Walgreens, 700 S. Broadway. The event will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Weather radios will be programmed for the public free of charge. Radios will be available for purchase at Walgreens for those who need a new radio. Members of the Saline County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an all-volunteer group, will also be participating in the event.
Please join the countywide effort by promoting preparedness within your facility and to your employees and their families. For more information on emergency kits and safety in storms, visit www.ready.gov or contact the Saline County Emergency Management Office at 785-826-6511.
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