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Emergency responders prepare for severe weather season

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We are in the heart of tornado season here in the tri-states and local emergency responders are making sure they are ready if disaster strikes.

The Adams County Emergency Management Agency participated in a severe weather exercise tonight.

Officials say Adams County had only two tornado watches issued in 2012, so they want to make sure their staff is fully prepared in case severe weather breaks.

Director John Simon says they decided to recreate the outbreak of tornadoes that hit Lima and areas near Liberty in May 2003, so his staff had a real-life scenario to use as a training tool.

"We're taking that critical event and we're replaying and re-enacting that event to make sure our people and our staff is ready to respond to a critical event," said Simon.

Officials say when severe weather hits in Adams County they have 32 storm spotters analyzing conditions throughout the county.

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