Bryan County prepares for severe storms

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BRYAN COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Ahead of Friday's storms, and on the heels of last spring's deadly storm season, Bryan County has been hard at work preparing to keep people safe and informed.

Bryan County Emergency Management Deputy Director Kenneth Eppler said the department has been preparing for severe storms to hit Bryan County since Wednesday.

"Personnel lined up, city employees, street department, public works departments get chain saws ready in case of emergency," said Eppler.

Eppler says they have five storm spotters scattered throughout Bryan County, keeping emergency management updated on what may come throughout Friday evening.

"We don't have the 10-15 minute warning down here along the Red River because we're so far from the radars. You may have 30 seconds or three minutes but a very short amount of time. You don't want to be caught in a car trying to get to a shelter. So you need to make plans to get to a safe place during the watch," said Eppler.

The National Weather Service says before a tornado, pick a safe place in your home.

If you don't have a storm shelter, go a central place in your home, preferably in a room with no windows.

"All the fatalities from the last two tornados out in the Blue, Bokchito area have been people that lived in mobile homes. Go somewhere that has a solid built house. A solid built house is much safer than a mobile home even if you don't have a storm shelter," said Eppler.