At 1:30 p.m., the tornado sirens sound

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The week of March 4th through 8th is Severe Weather Awareness Week, with the purpose of increasing public awareness about severe weather and tornadoes.

The Kansas Division of Emergency Management and the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency conducted the annual statewide Severe Weather Awareness Week for both Kansas and Missouri by sounding tornado alarms across the state.

All schools, business, and residents have been encouraged to participate in the exercise by practicing their severe weather and shelter plan.

The Lee’s Summit Fire Department says the safest shelter location is in the lowest level of the building in an interior room without windows. Other school or business ‘safe’ locations are basements, hallways without windows, and under staircases.

Severe Weather week has daily themes:

Monday- Preparedness Day
Tuesday-Tornadoes Day
Wednesday- Flash Flood Day
Thursday- Thunderstorm Day
Friday- NOAA Weather Radio Day

For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, click here.

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