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Preparing for severe weather


After those recent tornadoes that slammed the state, emergency officials are reminding people in Marathon County to be prepared.

Meteorologists say Wisconsin's tornado season got off to a late start, the 6th latest in recorded history.

But, Marathon County Director of Emergency Management Steve Hagman says the recent tornadoes in southern Wisconsin should remind people to be prepared.

"There's three steps that we want to keep reminding people to get a kit for your house, make a plan and stay informed," said Hagman.

A good way to stay informed he says is by downloading applications, such as the Red Cross Tornado app, to your phone to receive alerts about severe weather.

"There's lots of ways to get information from the weather service to find out where those storms are," said Hagman.

So, if a dangerous storm hits, you're ready to find shelter.

"It's better to just to get cover, turn the radio or television on and find out exactly what's happening," said Hagman.

Michael Cornell of Wausau says his family is ready if severe weather strikes.

"The kids and I have a little plan together," said Cornell.

Cornell says his family keeps emergency items in the basement.

"We're to head to the basement," said Cornell. "We've stocked a little food and a little water. We have a radio down there."

Hagman says other good items to include in an emergency kit are medications and a form of identification.

Other severe weather safety tips can be found at Ready Wisconsin online.

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