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Brrr…it’s cold out there!

Prepare KansasWhile we don’t usually think of cold temperatures as a disaster, it certainly requires some planning ahead to stay safe when the mercury drops. Recently, Kansas State University climatologist Mary Knapp spoke with Jeff Wichman, host of “Sound Living,” about preparing for winter travel.  Keeping aware of the weather forecast and assembling a winter kit and keeping it in your vehicle are two tips. For more winter travel tips, listen to the interview.

Access archived “Sound Living” weekly radio programs featuring K-State Research and Extension specialists discussing a wide range of family and consumer sciences topics, including child development, health and nutrition, personal finances, and personal relationships are available.

Are you winter weather-ready?

Ready or not, winter is on the way. As cold temperatures and snow spread across the upper Midwest into the plains this week, take action now to prepare for winter.

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Don’t be caught unprepared. Gather the supplies you and your family need: shovels, blankets and clothing to stay warm, food, water, and other supplies. Check out this family supply list from Make plans for pets and other animals in the household too.

Learn more about how you and your family can become winter weather-ready and take steps ahead of winter weather! Not sure how to get started? This handy winter storm safety checklist from the Red Cross is a great place to start.

Words for Wednesday

One of the Prepare Kansas challenge tasks for this week is to review the meaning of Watch and Warning as related to weather situations.


According to the National Weather Service, “a watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.”

A warning “is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.”

Learn more about weather terms used by the National Weather Service at

Learn more about how to stay safe in a variety of weather related hazards at