Severe Weather Week calls for preparedness

    As Chase County residents enjoyed the arrival of spring’s first day Tuesday, they are also being reminded this time of year can be a dangerous one when weather is concerned.
    Severe Weather Week arrives next week, starting Monday and continuing through Friday, March 30.
    In the middle of the week on March 28, Chase County will take part in a statewide Tornado Safety Drill.
    In Chase County, the test warning will be given at 9:15 a.m., said County Emergency Manager Duane Dreiling.
    Sirens in the county will be sounded, allowing residents to become familiar with the tornado warning’s different sound compared to the more recognizable fire sirens.
    It also offers families and businesses a chance to practice, or at least discuss, their plan of action in the event of a tornado.
    Officials with the National Weather Service want residents to be “weather-ready” for the upcoming severe weather season.
    There are numerous resources available for staying prepared and are available on the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) website at
    People can scroll to the bottom of the front page and select the hazard they want to learn more about.
Code Red system
replaced with Rave

    The Rave Alert System was  installed as the county’s emergency contact program, replacing the Code Red Alert System.
    The changeover took place the first of the year, Dreiling said. It’s already hooked up and is ready to send alerts through all of the landline phones still being used, he said.

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