Severe Weather

Be Informed:

In Kansas, the threat of severe weather and tornadoes can happen at any time during the year. Prepare for these weather threats by learning more about them. Stay tuned to local radio stations for reports on weather conditions when severe weather is threatening. Maintain situational awareness before, during and after the threat has passed. Purchase and use a NOAA Weather Radio.

Be informed on the difference between a tornado watch and warning. The National Weather Service defines them as follows:

Tornado Watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

Tornado Warning is issued when a tornado is indicated by radar or sighted by spotters.

Make a Plan:

Before severe weather strikes, make a plan on where to seek shelter. If at work or school, where would you go? If you needed shelter now, where would you go? Now is the time to develop your personal plan.

If you’re in a building when a tornado warning is issued, where do you seek shelter? The following procedures are suggested:

  • Stay indoors.
  • Go to the lowest floor in the building.
  • Stay in the interior hallways.
  • Keep away from exterior doors and windows.

Develop a communication plan with family members. When a disaster strikes, you may not be able to get out on your cell phone. Do you have a plan that covers this? Family members will be anxious to know if you’re safe and well.

Are you familiar with the American Red Cross (Safe & Well) program? After a disaster, you can access the web address below to register that you are safe and well. You can also search for loved ones by using this site.

Build a Kit:

Put together an emergency supply kit for your home. During a disaster you may not have electricity to power your lights and other electrical devices. What items would you put into your kit? Items such as water, food, battery-powered radio or NOAA Weather Radio, flashlight, and first aid kit are a start. For a more detailed list go to the following website:

Get Involved:

Encourage your friends and co-workers to develop their own personal plans and become more aware of effective response to severe weather.

To find more information on Weather Emergencies go to KU Lawrence Campus Alerts.

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