MANHATTAN, Kan. - The National Weather Service has a new acronym to remind children and adults alike that there are key safety rules during severe storms – especially those that might lead to tornadoes.
The acronym is DUCK – short for: Down to the lowest level; Under something sturdy; Cover your head; and Keep in the shelter until the storm has passed, said state climatologist for Kansas, Mary Knapp.
“These simple phrases can be a quick reminder for anyone of their safety plan during the chaos of a storm,” said Knapp, who directs the Kansas Weather Data Library, based at Kansas State University. She is a K-State delegate to the Extension Disaster Education Network www.eden.lsu.edu.
The NWS’ Topeka, Kan. office has designated March 12-16 as the 2012 Kansas Severe Weather Awareness Week.
Information about Kansas weather is available on the Weather Data Library website: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/wdl/.
Watches and Warnings Defined
Severe Weather Awareness week is a good time to review some essential terms used to alert people about the weather. State Climatologist Mary Knapp defined two key terms to prepare Kansans for severe weather.
“Watch means to do just that, watch for changing conditions. The National Weather Service may indicate that they are expecting to issue watches several days early. Be at the ready and give more attention to the weather,” Knapp said. “Warning means that the severe event is actually occurring. The time for planning is over. Take action immediately.”
More information about Kansas weather is available on the Kansas Weather Data Library Web site: http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/wdl. Knapp’s audio reports are available on the K-State Research and Extension/ Kansas Radio Network Web site at Weather Wonders link at http://www.ksre.ksu.edu/radio/.
Weather Radio Good Safety Tool for Home
Homeowners take note - weather radios are important tools to prepare for severe weather.
“Tornado sirens are for outdoor alerts only,” said Mary Knapp, Kansas state climatologist. “If you don't have a weather radio, consider adding one to your safety supplies, as the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Weather Radio broadcasts National Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day.”