“You only get one life,” Staying prepared ahead of severe weather season

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Severe weather season is here - a crucial time to get those safety plans in place so you’re prepared way before bad weather hits, like where to seek shelter, what to stock up on and having ways to communicate.

"You only get one life, so you don't want to screw that up," said Nick Martire.

Some Oklahomans, like Martire, said they'd rather err on the side of caution than not be ready when severe weather hits.

"Watch TV, listen for the sirens and, when that happens, then we got our protection here," Martire said.

"First Aid kits, always important in case you have cuts, things like that," said Jim Winham, EMSA Chief Operating Officer.

Next to a safe place to seek shelter, EMSA representatives said having a safety kit is also crucial.

"If we lose electricity or lose the ability to use our house or something like that, we have these basic tools to take care of ourselves until help can get there," Winham said.

The safety kit should include tools like flashlights, extra batteries, nonperishable foods, water, current and updated medications and important documents.

"Marriage licenses, wills, things like that, birth certificates, car keys," Winham said.

Another tip is to have a battery operated radio or TV nearby.

You can also download our apps on your smart phone - KFOR and 4 WarnMe, which have live radar and live streaming to help keep your family safe.

"What I hope is that I never have to use it. I mean, I bought it but, for everybody's sake, they never have to use it," Martire said. "It's a scary time, but it also helps make people feel a little bit secure.”

Meteorologists said there is a moderate risk for severe weather Tuesday with large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes possible.

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