Governor Laura Kelly Declares State of Disaster Emergency in Anticipation of Severe Weather

By Trish Svoboda

Today, April 26, at 12:05 p.m., Governor Laura Kelly declared a verbal state of disaster emergency due to the severe weather expected to affect the state from today until Sunday. This declaration triggers the Kansas Response Plan and enables an immediate response from state agencies to assist communities in distress.

Forecasts show strong storms accompanied by large hail, high winds, and tornadoes. Flooding and flash flooding are also possible.

“Due to the forecast of severe weather, I’ve declared a disaster emergency to ensure state assistance is readily available if needed,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “I encourage all Kansans to have an emergency kit and a family plan in preparation for a tornado. Stay updated on local weather conditions by listening to a NOAA weather radio or local TV and radio stations. Once a warning is activated, it is important to take cover.”

Starting today and continuing through Sunday, the State Emergency Operations Center will be manned by the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. They will be keeping a close eye on the situation and are prepared to provide assistance to counties and local responders if needed.

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