For Immediate Release
March 14, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

KDHE to Host Live Twitter Chat on Severe Weather

Preparedness experts will answer questions, Tweet about severe weather

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is hosting a live Twitter chat this Thursday at 3 p.m. to answer questions about severe weather and preparedness. In 2011, there were 68 tornados in Kansas. With severe weather already striking Kansas, KDHE wants to make available potentially lifesaving, actionable information.

By logging onto www.twitter.com, following @KDHE and using the hashtag #ksstorms, Kansans can ask questions about severe weather, preparing for storms and what to do if severe weather strikes.

“It’s important for Kansans and their families to be prepared before severe bad weather strikes. We have already had severe storms and even tornadoes pass through Kansas this year”, explained Robert Moser, M.D., KDHE Secretary and State Health Officer. “We are committed to making sure everyone is well informed before the storm, and this Twitter chat can serve as just one of the mediums available in answering questions.”

If you’re not already on Twitter, here's how to get started:

Information about severe weather and being prepared is available at www.ready.gov.