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Citizens Urged to Prepare for Storm Season

February 24, 2005 -- Gov. Brad Henry has proclaimed March 2-8 as “Tornado Preparedness Week” in an effort to urge citizens to prepare for spring storm season. “Each year Oklahoma faces severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in almost every season, but spring storms are usually most severe,” Henry said. “We all need to be more aware of the natural and man-made threats we face in our community and take responsibility to make sure we are properly prepared when disaster strikes.”

While Oklahoma is well known for its dangerous and sometimes deadly tornadoes, another common side effect of severe storms is flooding. Since flooding represents the most costly disaster Oklahomans face, Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management, recommends early preparation for this year’s storm season. “There is no time like the present to get an insurance check-up on your property and develop a plan with your family, neighbors, and co-workers in case a storm hits,” Ashwood says.

ODCEM has teamed up with the National Weather Service and local emergency management offices across the state in order to encourage tornado awareness and preparedness activities in all Oklahoma communities. Individuals or groups who would like to host a program to help become better prepared for the next storm should call their local emergency management office.