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Spring is here. It's time to prepare for severe weather

Outdoor warning siren in Oklahoma City. (KOKH/file)

In Oklahoma, spring seems synonymous with severe weather.

So far, this year it's been quiet. No tornadoes have been reported so far in the state. The National Weather Service says Oklahoma averages four tornadoes every March.

"This is the time of year when you need to make your plan and stay informed," said Frank Barnes, the City of Oklahoma City's emergency manager.

Barnes said you should never wait for the weather to arrive to determine where to go.

If you do not have a storm shelter or safe room, Barnes said you should seek the most interior room of a building on the lowest level.

"If you live in an apartment building, it's important ahead of time to decide where you're going to shelter in place and if it's going to be on the ground floor of that apartment building, you have to get to know your neighbors and even practice it before hand," he said.

Everyone should have an emergency kit ready. The kit should include three days of food and water per person.

You should also have more than one way to get weather information: apps, tv, sirens, or a weather radio.

"That's a good option because it receives its signal by radio. It doesn't rely on connectivity or the internet or cellular telephone," Barnes said.

If there is a tornado warning issued, he said you should always seek shelter first and then look for more information.

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