Because we know that thinking about and preparing for the sorts of disasters and emergencies that we experience in Kansas can be intimidating, we encourage you to Choose Your Challenge. You decide which of the five challenge actions you start with and the order that you’ll complete them.
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To help Kansans become as prepared as possible for emergencies, K-State Research and Extension is offering the Prepare Kansas annual preparedness challenge. It’s a free weekly online challenge through September that includes activities individuals and families can accomplish each week. By the end of the month, participants will be better prepared to withstand and recover from emergencies.
This year’s challenge activities revolve around:
- Making a plan – talking with others about being prepared, updating family communications plan and reviewing plans for shelter and/or evacuation, including pets, taking COVID-19 into account;
- Building a kit – build a kit of basic emergency supplies plus grab-and-go backpacks for family members and pets;
- Preparing for disasters – know the difference between watches and warnings, sign up for emergency alerts and participate in an emergency drill;
- Talking to your kids – children often experience disasters differently than adults and they need to have developmentally appropriate explanations of them; and
- Getting financially prepared – set aside money for an emergency, review insurance coverage, build or maintain a financial grab-and-go box, and complete a home inventory.
Challenge activities will be posted here so check back often!
Severe weather can strike any time of the year. Are you prepared? As Kansas enters peak storm season, follow these steps to be ready for severe weather.
K-State Research and Extension is a statewide network of educators sharing unbiased, research-based information and expertise on issues important to Kansas. As in any disaster or emergency, it is important to get information from official sources. The following official sources are providing information about COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus 2019).
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
World Health Organization
Many resources are available in languages other than English. Access them from web pages linked above.