Weather Service reaches out to Spanish speaking residents of Southwest Kansas

A shelf cloud signals the arrival of a supercell thunderstorm over rural Chase County in June 2022


Southwest Kansas and its fast-growing Spanish-speaking population are the focus of efforts by the National Weather Service to inform residents in both Spanish and English.

Already some radio stations alert their listeners in English and Spanish as announcers translated the immediate weather alerts and warnings.

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However, the National Weather Service in Dodge City is also creating and distributing materials that are printed in both Spanish and English. It is an effort to reach more of what some might describe as the “underserved” populations by offering the bilingual weather information.

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It’s sort of an extension of the “Piso Majado” warning signs of wet floors you might see when entering a local Walmart store…an effort to reach out to the Spanish speaking population.

But as the Kansas Reflector recently reported, Southwest Kansas has seen a large influx of Spanish-speaking people, many who crossed the U.S. border in whatever fashion and moved to Garden City where a meat-packing plant employs a large segment of them.

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