Be prepared for when severe weather hits

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ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - With most of Texoma being under a slight risk for severe weather these next couple of days, Carter County Emergency Management Direct Paul Tucker says it's never too early to prepare.

"If you wait for the sirens all you're going to do is get yourself out in the middle of the heaviest part of the storm," Tucker says. "That's why it's important to have a plan in place - where are you going to take shelter."

In an event where you need to seek shelter, Tucker says to head to a room or closet inside a house or building on the lowest floor and away from windows.

Tucker says communication is key - talk to your family about where to go inside your home in case of severe weather.

He says if there's a risk of gusty winds or tornadoes, make arrangements to stay elsewhere before the storm hits if you live in a mobile home.

"You always want to make sure you include your pets in your planning process if you have family members that require a little extra assistance," Tucker said.

Tucker says have a kit prepared that includes items like: water, nonperishable foods, flashlights, batteries, a change of clothes, and prescribed medication.

"Even important documents that you have like birth certificates, marriage license, insurance policies, it's always a good idea to keep stuff like that with you," Tucker said.

Most importantly Tucker says to stay alert with local weather reports.

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