Prepare for Severe Weather Season

Kara Banks City News

March 2-6, 2020 is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. This is the time to make sure you and your family are ready for severe storms.

On Tuesday, March 3, the National Weather Service will conduct a statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. Residents are encouraged to do their own safety drills at home and at work. This is the time to make sure you know what to do and where to go when severe weather strikes.

Kansas experiences a wide variety of weather threats throughout the year, including tornadoes, flash flooding, severe lightning, hail and damaging winds.

National Weather Service data shows that the average advance warning time for a tornado in the U.S. is 13 minutes. That’s the time, experts say, you should be using to get into your storm shelter and preparing for the storm to hit.

Remember that outdoor warning sirens are to alert people who are outside, not inside homes. Many homes today are insulated well, which mutes the sound of the siren indoors.