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Inclement Weather Policy

Our goal: to establish an environment where staff and patrons are provided information and directions for maintaining safety in the event of severe weather.


Tornado Watch or Severe Thunderstorm Watch: means that conditions are conducive to the development of tornados or severe thunderstorms in our Watch Area (namely, Wyandotte County).

What to expect:

  • User Services Staff will announce the Watch over the PA system alerting patrons that a Tornado Watch or Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect.
  • You may see Staff closing blinds around the building in work and public areas.
  • You may be asked to move to the first floor if a Warning message comes over the PA.

Tornado Warning: means a tornado has been sighted or a Severe Thunderstorm has been confirmed:

What to expect:

  • User Services Staff will announce a "CODE GRAY" or "Tornado Warning" over the PA system instructing patrons to move immediately to SAFE AREAS:
    • Restrooms on the ground floor
    • Emergency stairwells at the first floor
    • Interior walls; away from all windows or skylights
  • Library Staff will assists patrons in locating the safe areas
  • Staff will move to a safe areas as well
  • Library Staff or Emergency Personnel will announce when a Watch or Warning has ended
Library Hours and Contact Info

Library Building
Monday – Friday 7:30am – 11pm
Saturday – Sunday 6pm – 11pm

Reference Services
Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm

A.R. Dykes Library
Mailstop 1050
2100 W 39th Ave
Kansas City KS 66103

913-588-7166
913-752-9733