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Have a plan for severe weather

Estherville News Editorial

April 27, 2016
Estherville News Staff , Estherville News

As we enter spring, we also start to encounter the severe weather threats of lighting, floods, tornadoes and hail. Today, the Emmet County Emergency Management is hosting a two hour Severe Weather Awareness training class at Iowa Lakes Community College, free to the public. Then on Friday, KEYC television will be giving away weather radios in the Hy-vee parking lot from noon to two.

While residents may be accustomed to the severe threats of flooding and lighting, it is important not to let complacency prevent you from being prepared for severe weather. Severe weather can strike at any time and any where.

What many area residents do not know is that Emmet County has a National Weather Service tower located in Ringsted. There are also a number of ways to get alerts on severe weather in our county whether it's through email, text message or a weather radio. It's important to be prepared and to pay attention to what's happening whether you are camping or in your house.

Have a plan and talk with kids or elderly about what they should in case of an emergency. Being proactive can save lives and there are many individuals in the county that work hard to alert area residents of severe weather as well as raise awareness about the risks associated with severe weather. Stay safe this spring and summer by having a plan and not taking severe weather lightly.



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