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Area Residents Urged to Prepare for Severe Weather and Tornadoes

Severe WeatherIt's storm season and now is the time to be prepared.

Prepare a Home Tornado Plan:

  • Pick a place where family members could gather if a tornado is headed your way. It could be your basement or, if there is no basement, a center hallway, bathroom or closet on the lowest floor. Keep this place uncluttered.
  • If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor. Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.

Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit for at least three days containing:

  • First Aid kit and essential medications.
  • Canned food and can opener.
  • At least three gallons of water per person per day.
  • Protective clothing, bedding or sleeping bags.
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Special items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn natural gas service back on.)

Stay Tuned for Storm Warnings:

  • Listen to KRSL Russell Radio 95.9 FM, 98.1 FM or 990 AM and TV stations for updated storm information.

Know what a Tornado WATCH and WARNING means:

  • A Tornado WATCH means a tornado is possible in your area.
  • A Tornado WARNING means a tornado has been sighted and may be headed for your area. Go to safety immediately.

When a Tornado WATCH is issued...

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for further updates.
  • Be alert to changing weather conditions. Blowing debris or the sound of an approaching tornado may alert you. Many people say it sounds like a freight train.

When a Tornado WARNING is issued...

  • If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects. The tornado may be approaching your area.
  • If you are outside, hurry to the basement of a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area.
  • If you are in a car or mobile home, get out immediately and head for safety (as above).

After the Tornado Passes...

  • Watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect your home for damage.
  • Do not use candles at any time.

For more information on emergency kits and safety in storms, go to www.ksready.gov, www.accesskansas.org/kdem, and www.fema.gov.

(Information courtesy City of Russell.)

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