Last Updated: Saturday, February 28, 2015

Kansas emergency management says "Be prepared" for winter storm


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The Kansas Division of Emergency Management has urged Kansans to make sure they are prepared for the new round of winter storms this weekend.

According to Angee Morgan, deputy director of the Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), "the National Weather Service is forecasting, widespread accumulating snow likely by late Sunday."

Snowfall accumulation will vary from 1-3 inches in some areas to about 4-6 inches in other areas and KDEM will be monitoring the weather and will activate the State Emergency Operations center in Topeka, if needed, to coordinate any state emergency response operations that might be requested.

"If you plan to travel, use caution and make sure your car emergency kit is stocked," said Morgan. Morgan said, "keep your family safe by making sure you have your emergency supplies up-to-date, including a safe alternative heat source."

Earlier on Tuesday, a state of emergency was declared for all Alabama counties in preparation for winter weather. Winter weather in Tennessee had claimed lives of at least 22 people last week, Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) said.


Information booths to emergency preparedness tips

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management will be setting up several community outreach booths to provide free information on emergency preparedness during severe weather awareness week, March 2-6.

According to the press realease issued by KDEM on 27 February 2015, the information booth on emergency preparedness will be set up at the following times and locations:
  • March 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, 1515 SW 10th Ave
  • March 4, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. University of Kansas Campus Ready, 4th Floor Kansas Union, KU Campus, Lawrence
  • March 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hyvee, 2951 SW Wanamaker Road, Topeka
"The booth will provide information on how to prepare an emergency/disaster kit, how to devise an emergency plan, and what to do when severe weather threatens," Devan Tucking-Strickler, Human Services Officer/Deputy State Emergency Operations Center Manager said.