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2018 Severe Weather Awareness Week Activities

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 2:02pm

Citizens and businesses in Douglas County are at risk from severe weather and should be aware of the appropriate steps to take in order to ensure their safety should severe weather strike! This is why 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 5 - 9, 2018.  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. 

Testing of the Douglas County Outdoor Warning Sirens will occur at 10AM in conjunction with the annual Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 6th. Emergency Management encourages each individual and business to test or review their tornado safety plan during the drill. Staff will be monitoring social media to connect with the community and answer severe weather preparedness questions.

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 Douglas County’s free Call Notification System. Visit for details. Another option is to purchase an All Hazard NOAA Weather Radio and have it programmed for Douglas County and/or surrounding counties. 

Each day of Severe Weather Week, Douglas County Emergency Management will be focusing on different severe weather safety and preparedness topics. 
•    Monday:  Plan Ahead: Getting Alerts & Understanding Terminology
•    Tuesday: What to do when you get an alert (Statewide Tornado Drill)
•    Wednesday: Floods/Flash Floods 
•    Thursday: Thunderstorms and Lightning
•    Friday: Personal Preparedness and Business Continuity

Upcoming Severe Weather Training: 
Weather 101 will be held on Tuesday, March 28 from 7PM – 8:30PM at the Lawrence Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public!  
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 Douglas County’s free Call Notification System will also be offered. 

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 at  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.  

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Teri Smith, Director