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Severe weather safety plans encouraged by emergency officials

5:06 PM, Jan 30, 2013   |    comments
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KSPR/CNN) - Severe weather is threatening several states, including Missouri Wednesday, but there aren't many places in the state to go to in the event of an emergency.

Right now, the only FEMA community safe room is at Drury University in Springfield. It only holds 400 people. The other FEMA community safe rooms aren't open or are still under construction.
Emergency officials are encouraging people to have their own safety plan and not rely solely on the shelters.

"Be prepared to take action when the warning comes. Have your weather radio or whatever action you're gonna take. Our goal, our message is to be able to do that within five minutes or less," said Ryan Nicholls, Emergency Management Director is Springfield and Greene counties.

Officials say the best thing you can do is have an emergency kit with supplies at home, and stay home you hear a tornado warning. That way you don't get caught on the road when a tornado hits.


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