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      Severe Weather Awareness: Planning With Your Family

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      Severe weather awareness week has kicked off and now is a good time to start making plans that can keep you safe when it hits.

      A tornado drill will run on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. across the state and people can use this time to think about what they can do to keep themselves and their families safe.

      It's important for everyone especially kids to understand severe weather and all the ways they can stay safe when it comes their way. This means parents have a big responsibility to keep their children informed.

      The national weather service says there are a few things families should think about when planning this season.

      Basements, stairwells and bathrooms are usually the best places to seek shelter when a tornado warning is issued in your area.

      Mike Moritz, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Hastings said "see if their plan during a tornado is effective. Are they able to get to shelter?"

      Shelter is not the only thing that families will need, supplies are also important like food if you and your family get stuck.

      Moritz said the week "is a chance for people to plan ahead and be ready."

      Everyone should know where to go and what to do in an emergency. It's important to discuss your severe weather plans with your kids and be ready for when severe weather hits.

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