Emergency officials urge people to prepare for threat of severe weather Saturday

I-40 WB near Meridian about 6 00 p.m. Thursday, July 27th (FILE / Anthony West / KOKH)

Oklahoma City could be in for some severe weather Saturday night, with the the threat of damaging winds, hail and heavy rain.

Emergency officials encourage people to have a plan in place, especially if you're going to be at the many fall events going on across the area.

"Being a Saturday afternoon/evening weather event, there’s a potential for people being out and about at activities or functions, not at home where they have their normal source of information or location for shelter," said David Barnes with Oklahoma County Emergency Management. "So be sure to have a backup plan."

Barnes advises people to know where to seek shelter whether they're at an outdoor event, at the mall, a restaurant, or a friend's house. It's also important to keep monitoring conditions.

"It begins with awareness, knowing what weather factors are present or may develop, and that's especially important if you're traveling or involved in outdoor activities," Barnes said. "So maintain strong awareness of what weather may be coming your way and what may be developing, and make sure you have a plan."

To maintain that awareness, it's a good idea to have multiple sources of information - like a weather radio, TV, and a phone - so you can monitor things in case one doesn't work or loses power.

It's also a good idea to make sure you have a basic emergency kit with water, food, flashlights, extra batteries, and a first aid kit.

Damaging winds could knock down power lines, causing power outages and traffic issues.

You can find more resources to prepare for severe weather here.

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