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Kansas experiences a wide variety of summertime severe weather, including: tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and flash flooding. Residents are encouraged to use this week to review their severe weather safety plans. Practice what you would do as if the event was REAL.

Tornado Drill:

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Topeka will conduct a Tornado Drill @ 10am Tuesday March 7. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the drill by practicing seeking secure, safe shelter from a tornado. This test will be broadcast over NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio and many local television and radio stations. Local officials may also sound their warning sirens. Area residents, businesses, and schools are urged to treat the drill as if it were an actual tornado warning

We will be focusing on several different severe weather safety topics through the week.
See the listing below or our 2017 Awareness Week Packet (pdf) for more information.


Preparedness &




Awareness Day


Thunderstorms &

Preparing for an event starts now!

Ask yourself what YOU would do in case of severe weather. Do you have multiple ways to receive alerts? Do you have adequate shelter & supplies?

How to Receive the Warning

Tornadoes pack some of the fastest winds on Earth and are deadly to anyone caught in their path. Kansas averages 80 tornadoes per year but has seen up to 187, with the peak tornado season running from April to June.

Tornado Safety
Tornado Safety Checklist

Floods kill more people in the United States each year than any other thunderstorm-related hazard. Many flood deaths are caused by people driving into flooded roads and are easily preventable.
Turn Around, Don't Drown!

Flood Safety

Thunderstorms can produce a wide variety of dangerous weather in addition to tornadoes and floods. Large hail, damaging winds, and lightning are all potent and deadly weapons in a thunderstorm's arsenal.

Thunderstorm & Lightning Safety

For those wishing for a printable version of these safety guidelines, please see our Review page for a printable pdf document.

Public service announcements courtesy of Bill Kurtis

Interested in Learning More About Severe Storms?

Check our spotter training talk schedule and see if there is a session near you.
Sessions are free and do not require an RSVP!