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March 7, 2023

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Tornadoes

Submitted by Savannah Greiner

Tornado safe places

It's Severe Weather Preparedness Week. Here are some guidelines to follow so you can be prepared for tornadoes this season.

  • Stay up to date on severe weather and weather alerts. Listen to your local news, radio or NOAA weather radio. Make sure you have your K-State Alerts setting to the correct campus — Manhattan, Salina or Olathe.
  • Sign up for your local community's warning system.
  • Remember, the outdoor warning sirens are designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching, so make sure you have other ways to get notified when indoors.
  • A tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible in your area. A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar; take shelter immediately.
  • Locate a safe place to shelter and communicate that location with others in your household. A basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows are your best options.
  • If you are outside, seek shelter inside a sturdy building immediately. In a vehicle, get to the closest shelter or building. Do not go under an overpass or bridge.

For more information and resources on preparing for tornadoes, visit ready.gov/tornadoes

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