Governor marks severe weather week in Kansas

TOPEKA | Gov. Sam Brownback is declaring this week as "Severe Weather Awareness Week" in Kansas, reminding residents of the potential hazards from spring storms.

According to the state Department of Emergency Management, Kansas communities were hit last year by 88 tornadoes, damaging winds, heavy rain and large hail. There were no fatalities attributed to the storms.

Brownback's declaration is intended to remind residents to take precautions before storms arrive, including preparing an emergency kit with food, water and supplies and making a plan for taking cover.

Kansas will conduct a statewide tornado drill at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.