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Experts Say Now is the Time to Prepare for Severe Weather
With storm season around the corner, the National Weather Service says now is the time to get prepared. The NWS and FEMA have designated this week National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
"When a warning's issued it is not the time to... put together a plan, when the warning is issued, that's when you have to put the plan in action," John Kurtz, a NWS meteorologist said.
Kurtz says its an effort to get people active in their community and within their families to create that plan. The American Red Cross offers tips to prepare.
"Have a kit, have a plan, stay informed," Red Cross spokesman Ken Garcia said. "When we say have a kit, we're talking about having batteries, flashlights, all of your important documentation, medications that your may need if something does happen to your home."
Garcia said you should also have a three day supply of food and water for every person in your household and a weather radio.
"You never know where a tornado is going to pop up and where its going to hit, and what its going to do," Garcia said. "I know it seems like overkill to prepare for these sort of things, but if it happens and you don't have it, you're going to be kicking yourself, wishing, 'Wow I wish I had prepared."
To find more Red Cross tips, click here.
The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers as Oklahoma prepares for severe weather season. Spring is the busiest time for Red Cross crews, as they assess damage after storms hit.
The NWS will also post links and tips throughout National Severe Weather Preparedness Week. You can find that website, by clicking here.
Posted: Monday, March 4 2013, 02:13 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
3rd grader who loved to sing among tornado victims
May 22, 2013 22:42 GMT
By RAMIT MASTI and SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- An Oklahoma man who grandson was killed when a tornado struck his school says the 8-year-old loved soccer and had a huge smile.
Marvin Davis said Wednesday that his grandson, Kyle Davis, has sought shelter in the Plaza Towers Elementary School gymnasium when something like a rock or beam fell on the back of his neck.
Twenty-three others were killed when Monday's massive tornado ripped through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Ten of the victims, including Kyle, were children.
JaNae Hornsby also died at Plaza Towers. Her father says the 9-year-old third grader loved to sing and be a big sister. Joshua Hornsby says his daughter was among those who suffocated beneath the debris.
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