Missouri emergency officials give tips to prepare for severe weather

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Springfield, Mo. -- Missouri emergency officials are reminding people on social media to be ready for severe weather.

Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management along with the National Weather Service and emergency management offices across the state of Missouri is urging people to learn about severe weather and to have a plan in case the unexpected happens.

There are steps you can take that could save your life.

The goal this week is to have people do one thing each day throughout the week to become better prepared.

Some things you could do at home include building an emergency kit, developing a family plan, and staying connected to communication outlets get updates.

"We're really ramping up to try and get folks educated and back into the mindset of being prepared for what we know is going to be a potential severe weather season," Larry Woods, Director of the Office of Emergency Management, said. "Anytime spring rolls around that happens here, so we're doing a lot of social media information a lot of campaign stuff being put out every day mostly on preparedness."

Now, if you're thinking about making an emergency kit at home you want to make sure to have food, water, medications, make sure the animals are taken care of and make sure you have all your important papers in order.

Some topics to think about would be:

Preparing for a Tornado:
Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
A tornado watch means the potential exists for the development, a tornado warning means a tornado is happening.
Have a shelter plan to go to the lowest and most interior room in your home away from windows.

Preparing for Flooding:
Know the risks associated with flash flooding, and turn around don't drown when approaching water-covered roads.

The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management is having a public event on storm spotter training. It's at the Assembly of God Headquarters building it's at the corner of Division and Booneville, it starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2018. You can learn more about severe weather and how to be prepared.