March 1st, 2020 kicks off Severe Weather Awareness Week in Kansas. On Tuesday, March 3rd The National Weather Service in Topeka will be conducting a tornado drill at 10 AM. They are encouraging statewide participation to practice seeking a safe shelter in the event of a tornado.
Do you have a plan in place for you and your family should a severe storm break out? Follow the tips below to get started:
- Don’t be taken by surprise- Listen to your local news and radio stations for impending storm outbreaks and download alert apps on your phone.
- Prepping is key- Make an emergency plan and designate the lowest room of your home with no windows to take shelter in.
- Practice makes perfect- Have a drill night to make sure all members of your family know what to do and where to go.
- Prepare your home- Consider having your safe room reinforced to provide better protection.
- When thunder roars, go indoors- Lightning strikes the U.S. 25 million times every year and kills an average of 47 people. Leave the storm chasing to the professionals.
- Don’t be blown away- Damaging winds and large hail can quickly destroy property, make sure to stay indoors to avoid flying debris.
- Turn around, don’t drown- Floods and cars don’t mix. Stay away from high waters and prevent being swept away.
For more information please visit https://www.weather.gov/media/top/swaw/Fridayreminders.pdf
And always remember: When disaster strikes and “Every Second Counts,” call on NCRI to take care of your home or business.
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