FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2013

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


KDHE, partners to host live Twitter chat on winter weather safety

Experts to answer questions, Tweet safety tips

TOPEKA— The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and its partner agencies will host a live Twitter chat today, Jan. 9, from 2 to 3 p.m., to bring awareness to winter weather preparedness. Along with the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), Kansas Division of Emergency Management (KDEM), Kansas Highway Patrol (KHP) as well as the American Automobile Association (AAA), KDHE will be on Twitter during this time to post safety tips and answer questions about winter weather hazards.

Kansans can participate by logging onto www.Twitter.com, following @KDHE and using the hashtag #KSWinter.

“During the winter months, all Kansans should take the necessary precautions in response to freezing temperatures,” said Tom Langer, KDHE Bureau of Environmental Health Director. “Knowing and preparing for winter safety hazards is important. I hope Kansans who are using social media will take the time to follow and participate in this live Twitter chat and then share this information with their friends and family.”
If you’re not on Twitter, here's how to get started:

For more information on winter weather safety, visit http://www.kdheks.gov/beh/download/winter_weather_safety.pdf

For weather updates and travel conditions, visit http://alerts.weather.gov/cap/ks.php?x=1