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With the chance of severe storms on the way, now is the time to get ready

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

With severe storms in the forecast now is the time to prepare for severe weather and even tornadoes. And officials want you to be ready.

The Spring season is a common time for severe storms. And the next 48 hours will bring us our first chance of severe weather this season.

Today John Hark, the Marion county Emergency Management Director, told me the most common mistake people make when it comes to severe weather is not getting prepared before the storm hits.
We're expecting storms tomorrow and into Wednesday and officials are already closely watching the radar.

"We're also watching Norman, Oklahoma, Springfield, Kansas City weather. My theory for that is the sooner I can see something West of us the better we can activate spotters and prepare here," said Hark.

Also, be sure your family has a family disaster plan. That way, when severe weather hits everyone will know where to go and who to check in with.

He's also urging people to sign up for the new Code RED phone alert system which will call you if any severe weather warnings are issued. And Hark says you also need to have a family disaster plan on where to go and to check your weather radio.

"But let's face it. If we lose power, TV goes off whatever the case may be...that weather radio is a life saver. It's battery operated. Buy one if you don't have one, get extra batteries for it, turn it on," said Hark.

As for their storm spotters, they can call in 8 to 20 around the county. 

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