Severe Weather Awareness Week March 12 - 16
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Severe Weather Awareness Week March 12 - 16

In 2011 Kansas had a total of 68 tornados, 3 of those occurring in Johnson County. Although Johnson County is not thought of as being a county that has as much tornado activity as the central and southern part of the state, JOCO has had a total of 38 tornado related fatalities since 1950.

To be prepared for severe weather, know the different ways your community warns citizens about severe weather. Don't rely on just one warning source such as outdoor sirens. Listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio as well.

Also, choose ahead of time where your family will take shelter in a storm. Pick a safe room in your home for household members and pets. This room should be in the basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. If caught out of your home, take shelter in the most sturdy structure you can find. Look for storm shelter directions posted on walls of any public or private buildings, and follow the building's posted directions for what to do in the event of severe weather.

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