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2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week Activities

Monday, March 14, 2016 - 12:34pm

Douglas County Emergency Management has partnered with the Topeka National Weather Service and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to request your participation in Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week activities March 14-18, 2016.  Testing of the Douglas County Outdoor Warning Sirens will occur at 1:30PM and in conjunction with the annual Statewide Tornado Drill at 6:30PM, Tuesday, March 15th. Emergency Management encourages each individual and business to test or review their tornado safety plan during both drills. Staff will be monitoring social media to connect with the community and answer severe weather preparedness questions.

Citizens of Douglas County live each day with the risk of severe weather and should be aware of the appropriate steps to take in order to ensure safety should severe weather strike at your location. Severe Weather Awareness Week is the perfect time to create and practice your severe weather plan at home, school, work, or any other place you or your family frequents.

Our office recommends that each household and business have more than one way to receive alerts, so you can stay ahead of the severe weather threat by receiving severe weather watches, warnings, and other vital information.  One way to receive those alerts via text message, e-mail and phone call is by signing up for the Northeast Kansas Regional Call Notification System. Another option is to purchase an All Hazard NOAA Weather Radio and have it programmed for Douglas County and/or surrounding counties. Check the battery in your weather radio regularly to be sure you’ll be able to receive important information even when the power is out.  

Each day of Severe Weather Week, Douglas County Emergency Management will be focusing on different severe weather safety and preparedness topics.
•    Monday:  Watches and Warnings
•    Tuesday: All-Hazard NOAA Weather Radios and Outdoor Warning Sirens
•    Wednesday: Floods/Flash Floods
•    Thursday: Thunderstorms and Lightning
•    Friday: Preparedness

Upcoming Severe Weather Training:
Weather 101 will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016, from 7PM – 8:30PM at the Lawrence Arts Center (940 New Hampshire Street).

The presentation, given by the Topeka National Weather Service, will include information about severe thunderstorm development, identification of important features, and safety and preparedness tips. This is a great event for those who may be new to the area, less familiar with severe weather terms or life-safety actions, or are looking for an informative and exciting severe weather refresher training.  All Hazard Radios will be sold with on-site programming available, and assistance with signing up for the Northeast Kansas Regional Notification System, a free call notification system, will also be offered. This event is free and open to the public.

As always, Douglas County Emergency Management looks forward to serving and assisting you in preparing for severe weather.  You can view preparedness information on our website.  You can also follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@dgcoem). Please contact us directly at 785-832-5259 if you have any questions regarding preparedness activities for your home, office or other organization.  

Media Contact

Teri Smith, Director