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2018 State of the City

Mayor Baird will deliver the City of Lee's Summit's State of the City address Monday, September 24, 2018 at 5:15 p.m. The State of the City will take place at the B&B Theatres located at 3241 SW Fascination Dr. in New Longview. The address is open to the public.

The State of the City will be streamed live on the City's Facebook page and rebroadcast on LSTV beginning Tuesday, September 25. 

Severe weather can occur at any time. It is best to prepare for it. Planning in advance for what you would do during an emergency will keep you calm and more importantly safe. Your preparedness plan should include what to do and where to go during each emergency as well as how to stay informed. Remember to build a supply kit comprised of items you will need to survive for at least three days until help arrives or services are restored. The following are a few tips to keep in mind to stay safe during flash floods, thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Flood Safety Tips

Flash floods can occur within minutes or hours of excessive rainfall. Whether you are walking or driving, if you come to a flooded road, please turn around to avoid possible drowning. Six inches of fast-moving floodwater can knock you off your feet, and a depth of two feet will float your car.

The following are Flood Safety Tips:

  • Monitor your NOAA Weather Radio or local television and radio stations for weather-related information.
  • Get to higher ground if flooding occurs.
  • Stay away from areas that are normally subject to flooding.
  • Avoid areas that are already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. DO NOT attempt to cross flowing streams and creeks.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways. Remember, road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
  • DO NOT park your vehicle near streams or creeks, particularly during threatening conditions.
  • Take extra precautions at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

Thunderstorm Safety Tips

Although all thunderstorms are not classified as severe, they are dangerous and can occur anytime. Here are some tips to keep in mind during thunderstorms:

  • Go indoors if you hear thunder.
  • Avoid using electrical appliances and stay off the telephone except during emergencies.
  • DO NOT take a bath or shower during a thunderstorm.
  • Find a low spot away from trees, fences and poles if you are caught outside.
  • Get to land and find shelter immediately if your are boating and swimming.
  • Monitor your NOAA Weather Radio or local television and radio stations for weather-related information.

Tornado Safety Tips

  • Go to the lowest level possible in a structure. DO NOT go outside to take pictures or videotape the tornado.
  • Put as many walls between you and the outside as you can.
  • Avoid windows and glass.
  • In a basement, stay under a center point beam, a stairwell or heavy piece of furniture.
  • If you have no basement, go to a small interior room (bathroom or closet) away from outside walls and windows.
  • DO NOT try to outrun a tornado in your car. Get out of your car and go to a low-lying area such as a ditch or ravine. Lie flat and cover your head.
  • Mobile homes offer little protection from tornadoes. Get to a shelter if possible.
  • Monitor your NOAA Weather Radio or local television and radio stations for weather-related information.

What is a tornado Watch?

This means tornadoes are possible in the area. Remain alert and find out what counties are in the watch area by listening to your NOAA weather radio or local media.

What is a tornado Warning?

This means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. If this is occurring in your area, take cover immediately.

For more information and safety tips, visit www.preparemetrokc.org.

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It is recommended that you have more than one source of emergency notification and information. You can receive emergency notifications for our community direct to your phone or computer through Nixle.com. It’s your choice about the information you want to receive and how you want to receive it. Whether it’s weather alerts or traffic advisories, you will be informed. Sign-up today and learn more at Nixle.com or by texting LSPOLICE for Police Department alerts and LSFIRE for Fire Department alerts to 888777.

Source:Your guide to Emergency Preparedness in the Greater Kansas City Region