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Governor to proclaim a date for Severe Weather Preparedness Week

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Kansas Governor Laura Kelly to sign a proclamation to designate a week as a week of preparedness for severe weather and flood safety.

The Kansas Adjutant General’s office announced that to remind Kansans to prepare for the severe weather season – April, May and June – Governor Laura Kelly will sign a proclamation on Friday, February 24, to designate March 6-10 as preparation for security against bad weather and floods Week in the Sunflower State.

“Last year, there were 56 documented tornadoes in Kansas,” Governor Kelly said. “Fortunately, there have been no tornado-attributed deaths in the state, thanks in part to our early warning systems, storm watchers, and emergency preparedness. I urge all Kansans to ensure they are prepared for severe weather and remain vigilant in the coming months.”

Kelly also credited the awareness and education efforts of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management, the National Weather Service, county emergency management agencies and media partners.

“It is the cooperative efforts of state and local agencies, the media and Kansas citizens that help mitigate the injuries and deaths caused by tornadoes and other disasters,” said Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. “As always, we remind Kansans to make sure their home and vehicle emergency kits are up to date and that everyone in their household or business knows their emergency plan.”

The Bureau has indicated that there will be a statewide tornado drill at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 7. Residents, schools and businesses have been encouraged to implement weather protection plans at this time. In case of bad weather, the exercise will be canceled on March 7th.

For more information on Emergency Preparedness in Kansas, click HERE.

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