March 7, 2023
Severe Weather Preparedness Week: Tornadoes
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.