From damaging winds and large hail to flooding and the threat of tornadoes, individuals and businesses in Douglas County are at risk from severe weather. It’s up to each of us to know the right steps to take in order to ensure our safety should severe weather strike. This is why Douglas County Emergency Management is encouraging you to join us in participating in Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week activities March 4-8, 2019. Severe Weather Awareness Week is the perfect time to create and practice your personal severe weather plan for home, school, work and places you and your family frequents and for businesses to review and update their emergency plans.
Testing of the Douglas County Outdoor Warning Sirens will occur at 10 a.m., weather permitting, in conjunction with the annual Statewide Tornado Drill on Tuesday, March 5. 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 severe weather watches, warnings and other vital information, so you can stay ahead of the severe weather threat. 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 http://bit.ly/DgCoNotification for details.
Douglas County Emergency Management will focus on different severe weather safety and preparedness topics during the week:
⦁ 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 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Lawrence Public Library. 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: http://douglascountyks.org/depts/emergency-management. You can also follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/dgcoem) 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.