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Ascension Via Christi encourages community to be prepared, offers severe weather tips

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Tornado season is upon us. With that, Ascension Via Christi wants our community members to be safe and be ready for severe weather.

According to, tornadoes can occur anywhere without notice and can bring winds of up to 200 mph.

“These deadly conditions can result in flipped cars, flying debris, downed power lines and other deadly hazards,” according to Carolyn Koehn, Ascension Via Christi’s regional emergency management director.

The best course of action is to find a shelter quickly, Koehn explains. While the hospital might seem like a logical choice, community members are encouraged to shelter in place.

According to, a good shelter can be:

  • A sturdy building
  • Safe room, basement or cellar
  • If you’re in a building with no basement, go to a small interior room on the lowest level

Also, it’s important to:

  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls
  • Stay out from under bridges or overpass roads – go to a low, flat location
  • Watch out for flying debris
  • Cover your head and neck with your arms

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About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Ascension Via Christi in Fort Scott and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.