Today is the first day of Severe Weather Preparedness Week (though after yesterday’s adventure, severe weather is probably the last thing on your mind). While the focus this week is specifically on getting ready for storm season, in this area we need to be prepared for our weather to do just about anything at any time. Because, you know… Kansas. Where it’s 80 degrees one day and spewing sleet on you the next.
Because our weather can change on a dime, it’s very important to be prepared for anything. And part of being prepared means you have to know it’s coming. Just like yesterday, when the conditions deteriorated rapidly and a Winter Weather Advisory dropped on us unexpectedly, spring storms can do the same thing. One minute you’re peacefully enjoying blue skies and sultry temps, and the next minute Mother Nature has churned up angry dark clouds with malicious intent. If you don’t have a way to get informed, you may find yourself facing those storms exposed and far from shelter. Now is the time to make sure that:
There are lots of other preparedness steps too, like identifying shelter locations, pre-positioning disaster supplies (like medications, food, and water), and drafting a family evacuation plan. But if you don’t have a way to get notified that bad things are coming, the rest of that stuff may become irrelevant. Make your “information plan” your first priority as you prep for storm season!
Source: Keri Korthals, Butler Count Emergency Management
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