Cooke County, TX -- With storm season now upon us, Texoma residents should have a clear plan in place in case of severe weather.
"Where are you going to go, what are you going to do if something happens here," Cooke County Emergency Management Coordinator, Ray Fletcher asks.
Fletcher reminds people to prepare an emergency kit stocked with things that will come in handy if a storm leaves you stranded or with no power.
"A good battery operated flashlight and a battery operated radio," Fletcher mentions as necessities.
"A pair of shoes, some socks, a change of clothes, some non-perishable food, water, medication if you've got a pup or you take care of an elder person," adds Chairman of the Texoma Chapter of the American Red Cross, Sara Jerome.
American Red Cross officials remind residents to use cell phones to access weather apps and check on storm directions and severity.
"We've got a Red Cross App that will actually help you if you've got access to any kind of an iPhone, iPad, anything," Jerome says.
"Checking in on the computer websites, the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center, as well as their local media to make sure they're abreast of the situation," Fletcher says.
Several local counties have received storm shelter grants from FEMA including Cooke County with $750,000 in federal matching funds to provide to residents.
"The grant will authorize a rebate of up to $3,000, or half of the actual cost of the shelter and installation, not to exceed $3,000," Fletcher says.
If you do not have a shelter, you can stay safe during storms by going to an interior room on the lowest floor and avoiding windows.
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