Archive for Thursday, March 5, 2009

Severe weather awareness activities to begin

March 5, 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, March 10, 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, March 10, 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.

The Wyandotte County Emergency Management Department will conduct a separate Severe Weather Seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 at the Performing Arts Auditorium at Kansas City Kansas Community College, 7250 State Ave.

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