Tornado sirens, weather radios to sound during Severe Weather Awareness Week test

Tornado sirens filled the air in both Kansas and Missouri Tuesday afternoon.

The sirens, along with weather radios, went off at 1:30 p.m. as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week.

It's a drill and a reminder for all of us to be prepared for whenever severe weather can strike.

Emergency management offices across the region want to make sure they're ready to keep you safe.

Planning for severe weather may seem obvious but it is important, officials say, to know where you're going to go - not just at home, but also at work when severe weather strikes, and not wait until you're in the moment.

"You're much more likely to do the right thing if you practice it," said Dan Robeson at the Johnson County Emergency Management center. He said it just takes a few simple steps to take a big stride in preparedness.

It can be difficult walking that fine line between explaining a severe weather event to your children and scaring them. There is a coloring book you can use that you can get at any County Emergency Management office.

Don't forget you can also sign up for severe weather alerts by going to

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