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MOORE, Okla. - Communities across the state are bracing for what could happen with the severe storms predicted to move across the state Tuesday.

Most have been following the forecast for a few days now in hopes of being as prepared as possible.

In Moore, officials from numerous departments, including city, police, fire and schools, met for a teleconference briefing by the National Weather Service.

Moore officials are very familiar with storms and work closely to make sure they are ready to respond as quickly as possible, should something happen.

“We're not any more of any less vulnerable than anyone else in the area,” said Gayland Kitch, Moore’s Director of Emergency Management.

Officials in Moore have started meeting before severe weather to have an understanding of not only what's to come, but what everyone is responsible for should tornadoes, hail or other weather related issues strike.

“With our past history, we've kind of learned from that,” said Sergeant Jeremy Lewis with Moore Police.

Tuesday, officials from police, fire, emergency management, school, city, hospital and paramedics all gathered to listen to the latest briefing from the National Weather Service.

“It's critical. The one thing you have to do in any disaster, and it doesn't matter if it's a tornado, whether it's here or somewhere else, you have to work together. You have to know each other ahead of time,” Kitch said.

Moore said meetings like this are helpful.

Proof of the benefit came last year when another tornado hit the town.

“Where some communities that would have been a major event for them, it was just a blip for us. We had everything cleaned up really quick,” Lewis said.

They’ve learned valuable lessons through tragedy, but those lessons help them to move forward and be better prepared for future storms.

“We try to learn from each one,” Lewis said.

The teleconference Moore was taking part in was not just for their city.

Communities across the state were also taking part in hopes of being better prepared for the storms expected today.