All across Kansas, each county’s emergency management will participate in the tornado safety drill to prepare for the 2013 severe weather season. Schools, hospitals, industries, public facilities and citizens are also encouraged to test their readiness should a tornado or severe weather event actually occur.
Local tornado warning sirens, NOAA Weather Radio alarms, and the Emergency Alert System will be activated to signal the start of the drill. Actions should then be taken as if it were a real emergency. The drill will test everyone’s readiness for a life threatening severe weather event, such as a tornado. Other severe weather threats that must also be prepared for include: flash flooding, large hail, lightning and damaging winds.
The National Weather Service and Butler County Department of Emergency Management/Homeland Security have announced March 3 through 9 as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas.
A statewide tornado safety drill will be conducted during the day of March 5 at 1:30 p.m. Should the weather be threatening on Tuesday, the drill will be postponed until Thursday at the same time.