Severe Weather Preparedness Day held in Ardmore

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ARDMORE, OK - Disasters like the tornado that formed in May in El Reno is the reason behind Ardmore's annual Severe Weather Awareness and Disaster Preparedness day.

"It's actually about identifying where the storm is, what it's doing, if it's going to be life threatening," said Garrett Doty, a storm spotter and chaser for Skywarn--a trained volunteer group.

During Saturday's event he--and anyone else who wanted to--learned more about severe weather at the storm spotter training.

"There's always new things, new technologies, new stuff always to learn," said Doty.

People outside Carter County also came to learn.

"It actually covers several counties," said Amber Wilson, director of Ardmore Emergency Management. "We've had people from Love County, Garvin County, Murray County come in and their spotters have come in today to take this spotter training course."

Steve Lanore and Wava Denito were even on hand to talk weather, as was Forrest Michell from the National Weather Service in Norman.

He said now is the time to figure out where you would go in the event of tornado warning.

"Practice your plan," said Mitchell. "That way when the warning is issued you can safely, calmly take shelter and stay safe."

Michell said tornado season starts mid-March and runs until mid-June, but a twister can form anytime of the year.

Ardmore emergency management suggested having an emergency kit stocked with two or three days worth of food, water and any medication you need.