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2016 Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week is March 14th - 18th. All week long, visit this page or join us on social media to find preparedness tips and information on severe weather and thunderstorms.

Douglas County Emergency Management has partnered with the Topeka National Weather Service and the Kansas Division of Emergency Management to request your participation in Severe Weather Awareness Week activities March 14-18, 2016. There will be two opportunities to practice your severe weather plan on Thursday, March 15th! A siren test will be conducted at 1:30PM with the annual Statewide Tornado Drill taking place at 6:30PM. Emergency Management encourages each individual and business to test or review their tornado safety plan during the drills.

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. It's also a great time to help your friends and neighbors get ready. Share your plan with them and encourage them to take the same actions!

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

Our office encourages you to follow along on our social media sites as well as we share your own stories of preparedness.

Our first topic for Severe Weather Awareness Week is Severe Weather Watch and Warnings. These two terms are many times confused, so take a few moment and review their meanings and how they should affect your actions.

Today we will focus on Tornado Awareness. In your planning efforts, be sure to identify more than one way to receive weather alerts (cell phone apps, weather radio, sirens, the NE Kansas Notification System, etc.). The next piece is to determine where you will take cover. This should be considered for places you frequent - your home. work, favorite restaurant, etc. Taking time now to prepare buys you time during an emergency when every minute counts. Don't waste precious seconds trying to figure out what to do. Make a plan today!

Two tornado drills will be conducted in Douglas County on Tuesday, March 15th! The first will occur at 1:30PM. The second will be held in conjunction with the Statewide Tornado Drill at 6:30PM. Take those times to practice your plan and tell us how it went via Facebook or Twitter!

Douglas County has experienced a number of flooding and flash flooding events in recent and past years. We've also watched numerous events change lives across the country. Thunderstorms or prolonged rain events can quickly cause flooding/flash flooding. Visit our Floods/Flash Floods page for information how to prepare for and respond to those types of events.

Lightning and thunderstorms can be both beautiful and damaging. Tornadoes many times are what we focus on, but there is more to thunderstorms than you might think. Take a few moments and review some facts and safety tips surrounding lightning and thunderstorms.