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Stephens County prepares residents for bad weather season

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DUNCAN, OK (KSWO)- Some strong weather is knocking on our door here across Southwest Oklahoma. It could be the first severe weather storm of the year.

"You just can't get caught off-guard these storms pop us so quickly," McCarley said.

Storm season is here and on Tuesday some of us may be getting a taste of severe weather. Winds could reach 70 miles per hour in our area, there is even a chance for tennis-ball sized hail and possibly a tornado.

Stephens County Commissioner for District 1 David McCarley said if the sirens sound, the Stephens County Courthouse will open for public shelter and can be a safe place for about 300 people.

"Right if you don't have safe place in your own home, we just want everybody to know that this is a public facility. This courthouse is brought with tax dollars its your facility," McCarley said.

And even though that storm shelter will be open for residents, Stephens County Emergency Management Director Gary Ball said people who have shelters at home need to be prepared as well.

Gary said electricity, water, heat, air conditioning or telephone service may not work in severe weather. Preparing disaster supply kits in advance can save time in the event you must evacuate.

"You should have a safety kit prepared. You should have the food and your water, medications, your flashlights, and batteries, and radios," Ball said.

Ball said Stephens County always tries to stay ahead of the storms and keeping residents safe is a priority.

"Anything that we have here in our County, even back during the Ice Storm  we prestaged the fairgrounds two days before.  We had opened up the shelter for 11 days, we were prepared 2 days before and the same thing with tornadoes we prepare ahead," Ball said.

For more information on what you should know about preparing for the storms tomorrow or in the future you can visit stephenscountyok website.

I also reached out to Duncan Public Schools about how they prepare for storms. Superintendent Melanie Hau said they will be monitoring the storms closely and parents can find more information posted through the SchoolWay app, Facebook and Twitter, on school websites.

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