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Posted on: March 5, 2019

Tornado Safety

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Peak tornado season in Kansas is April through June and the state averages 95 tornadoes a season. 

Do you know the different between a tornado watch and warning? A watch is an area where tornadoes can occur. When a watch is issued, persons should be aware of the weather conditions and make sure to review their emergency plan, their supplies and make sure they know where the closest shelter is located. 

A warning means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar and is in the immediate area. Persons should immediately seek shelter when a  tornado warning is issued. If you are indoors, seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of the building. Stay away from windows. If you are in a mobile home, outdoors or in a vehicle, seek shelter in the nearest sturdy building. Cars, sheds and storage facilities are not safe. If there is no shelter close by, then seek shelter in a low-lying ditch or ravine. 

Whether indoors or outside cover yourself with a mattress, sleeping bag or blanket. A bike or football helmet can provide protection from flying debris. Don't forget to grab your shoes! After a tornado the ground will be littered with broken glass, boards with nails sticking out and other hazards.

The National Weather Service provides several tips on tornado safety. Click on the tabs above the picture to learn more about tornado safety, watch vs warning, and before, during and after a tornado.

Louisburg Speaks, the city's newsletter, also had information on tornado safety in the April-May issue last year.



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