Preparing for the storm

By Alyssa Donovan

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 7:18 PM CDT

Whether it's taking cover from tornadoes and high winds or moving to higher ground during flash floods, preparation is key during severe weather season.

Officials at the National Weather Service in Lincoln say they try to issue a tornado warning at least 15 minutes before an area will be affected.

Meteorologist Ed Shimon says you need to be ready with when a storm hits. "The best plan of attack is to make sure you know where you want to go for safety whenever there's a severe weather threat in your area. You want to be able to just get there without having to think about it. Plan it out, where you are going to take you and your family in the event of severe weather in your area."

Red Cross officials say you should keep a disaster preparedness kit in the area where you plan to seek refuge.

This should be the lowest level of your home like a basement, crawl space, or an interior room on the main floor.

When putting together your kit, consider what supplies you will need for 3 days.

Erin Miller at the American Red Cross said, "You want to have items in there like batteries and flashlights and food and games if you have little kids, blankets, a pair of sturdy shoes. A lot of items you may not think you will need but it's good to have them all in one central location near where you would go if a storm is affecting your home."

And if you don't have a disaster kit you can also be prepared by downloading the Red Cross tornado app.

Miller said, “On there has all the information that you need to get you and your family prepared and you can also monitor the locations your at right now, maybe a vacation home, family, friends. And then you'll receive an alert if you have a warning for that area."

Miller says it's important to know where you will get your information from... Whether you have an app on your phone... A weather radio... Or tune in to the local news.

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