The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Douglas County until 1 a.m. Sunday, according to Douglas County Emergency Management.
The area is also at enhanced risk for severe weather, including damaging winds and possible tornado with storms around midnight, DCEM said in a tweet Saturday.
If the tornado watch becomes a tornado warning, folks in the area should take cover, preferably in a basement but away from windows on the lowest level of a structure. “Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside,” according to the county’s emergency resources page.
Here’s more information from Douglas County on how to prepare for tornados.
Douglas County residents can sign up for the Northeast Kansas Regional Notification System, which is a free call notification system to provide residents with health and safety information, including weather alerts from the National Weather Service in Topeka.
As the Times reported, Vassar-area residents should not rely on the outdoor tornado warning system and should instead use a weather radio, TV or other means to access up-to-date weather information.