Severe Weather Awareness Week – Be Informed
This year Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas is March 4 through 10. The statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6 at 10 a.m. Please note, Sedgwick County Emergency Management will not test sirens at noon today rather they will be tested at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, weather permitting.
Today, the National Weather Service in Wichita issued an extreme to catastrophic grassland fire danger for our area. They are encouraging residents to not have any outdoor burning today or tomorrow; residents need to be careful with any types of fires as they may be difficult to control.
To help the community prepare for severe weather, Emergency Management is holding free severe weather safety classes throughout Sedgwick County. The presentations are designed to teach attendees the about severe weather and ways to stay safe. A list of classes can be found online (www.sedgwickcounty.org) and in the attached poster.
As with any emergency, preparedness can make the difference. As severe weather season approaches, remember to:
- Get a Kit – Gather necessary items and information for your family's emergency preparedness kit.
- Make a Plan – A thorough and practiced plan can help you keep track of family members in any emergency.
- Be Informed – Stay tuned to sources of information before, during and after an emergency.
- Get Involved – We all have a role to play in keeping our hometowns safe. Contact local volunteer organizations to find out how you can contribute.
More information about each of these preparedness steps may be found at www.sedgwickcounty.org.