Catching up with Kristi

Kristi Pankratz

Krisit Pankratz

I’m in the mood for a thunderstorm. One of those wake-you-from-a-dead-sleep, hit-your-knees kind of storms that lights up your house and shakes the walls. All the chaos and power combining into one beautiful showcase of lightning and rolling thunder makes this Kansas girl grin from ear-to-ear.  

There’s something oddly relaxing and centering to me about a storm. For whatever reason, a storm feels like home. But, then I guess I’m not exactly a normal person; I blame the red hair.

I’ve always loved the phrase “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb” from the standpoint that it not only means storms are here, but also signifies the beginnings of spring – new growth, new opportunities, more daylight, warmer weather, etc. Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining about these last couple weeks of February. 70s, really?! One of the reasons I do love Kansas!

From St. Patrick’s Day to Spring Break to March Madness, there’s definitely a lot going on this month. And, with any changes to the norm, more opportunities arise – more opportunities for fun, enjoyment, meeting new folks, but also more opportunities to become a victim.

I want to make sure you have a great month, so here are a few things you can do to stay safe while enjoying the beginnings of Spring:  

Spring Break Tips

  • Keep travel plans off social media.
  • Hold mail via
  • Holy your newspaper delivery or ask a neighbor to pick up for you.
  • Plan in advance. Know your destination and plan routes. Remember, some areas may not have strong WiFi, so sole reliance on cell phone apps is not recommended. Consider purchasing a map (they still make those, right?).
  • If consuming alcohol, be responsible. Know the liquor laws of your destination.
  • Don’t leave drinks or food unattended.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings at all times. If something seems off, trust your instincts and leave the situation.

And, of course, we can’t forget weather safety.

Severe Weather Tips

  • Purchase a weather alert radio if you don't already have one.
  • Turn to broadcast radio or television for critical details and follow-up information.

•   Store an emergency kit in a designated safe location. Include 72 hours worth of food and water as well as any medicines you’ll need. Also include pet food and any items your pets will need.

•   Make a family communications plan.

I’ve been blessed to have seen some incredibly beautiful places in this world. But, there’s nothing quite like watching a Kansas storm roll in during March. Have a wonderful March, everyone!


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