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March 6, 2024

Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Tornadoes

Submitted by Savannah Greiner

As part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the following are some tips on how to prepare for tornadoes.

  • Check the forecast regularly during severe weather season. Kansas' peak tornado season is from April to June. However, they can happen anytime and anywhere.
  • Make sure you have multiple ways to be notified of severe weather and stay up to date on weather alerts. Listen to your local news or weather radio. Ensure your K-State Alerts setting is to the correct campus —Manhattan, Salina or Olathe.
  • Sign up for your local community's warning system.
  • Ensure you have a communications plan and can contact others within your household.
  • Locate a safe place to shelter: basement, storm cellar or interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. If you are going to be in an unfamiliar or new area, make sure to locate a place to shelter ahead of time. 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.
  • Remember, a tornado watch means that tornadoes are possible in your area, so be prepared. A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated on radar; take shelter immediately.

For more information, visit ready.gov/tornadoes