A Letter from the Director of Harvey County Emergency Management, Gary Denny:
“I’d encourage all of our community members to invest a little time to prepare yourself, your home, and your place of business for the upcoming severe weather season. Severe weather season is almost here.
The National Weather Service (NWS) link https://www.weather.gov/ict/swaw will detail the week’s daily focus on specific safety topics. You can also visit the Harvey County Emergency Management Facebook page each day of the week for some “infotainment” that will help raise awareness concerning severe weather season. At the bottom of this letter is a link to the NWS “2021 Awareness Week Packet (pdf)”. This document is packed with information covering the entire state including a 2020 overview for Kansas, statistics concerning Kansas, and information about each of the 7 NWS offices serving Kansas. We’ve also attached a tornado safety tip sheet to help you identify what you can do to prepare for a tornado, what to do during a tornado, and what to do afterwards.
The Statewide Tornado Drill is next Tuesday, March 2nd at 10:00 am. Please consider participating while abiding by health and safety guidelines, including social distancing and wearing a mask per local directives. If that’s not possible during the statewide tornado test at 10 am on March 2nd, then consider participating by simply sheltering-in-place or discussing sheltering options/plans among co-workers/family members. If you don’t have a plan, now’s the best time to put some thought into what your plan should look like.
Storm Spotter Training/Storm Fury on the Plains will be available by virtual delivery only this year. Meteorologists from the NWS office in Wichita will be presenting information that will help prepare spotters and weather enthusiasts for the upcoming storm season. These virtual deliveries will be available by registration only. More information and registration instructions can be found at; https://www.weather.gov/ict/spottertalks.
Be safe, stay healthy.”