Long before tornado warnings were issued Monday afternoon in Coffeyville and Pittsburg, Allen County Emergency Management Coordinator Jason Trego was participating in a conference call with the National Weather Service out of the Wichita region.
A lot of work and planning takes place to keep citizens safe during hazardous weather, especially when one lives in the heart of Tornado Alley.
Whenever severe weather is expected, the National Weather Service typically issues a Situation Report to all emergency managers in the area. Allen County falls within Wichitas region. This morning (Monday) they hosted a conference call to address the recent weather. These reports are analyzed and distributed to elected and senior officials, as well as the distribution list for the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Trego said. This includes schools, private industry and other emergency service agencies. They are also shared on the Allen County Emergency Management Facebook page. With this information, cities take actions based on the hazards presented by the weather such as opening the public storm shelters.