FEMA advises severe weather preparations

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Disaster agencies all over the region are preparing for this weekend's expected thunderstorms, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

FEMA wants to make sure people are prepared for a storm.

Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. They can cause fatalities and destroy a neighborhood in seconds. Some tornadoes develop so quickly,  that very little advance warning is possible. Which is why people need to have a plan now.  

Beth Freeman is a regional administrator for FEMA. She says a safe room is not the safest option for everyone.

"People need to be thinking about where they can go that's very close," Freeman said. Tornadoes come up quickly, they move fast you don't want to spend 15-20 minutes driving around town looking for a safe room."

Kansas city has 12 safe rooms, but they're not the best option for people during a tornado unless they're nearby.  Freeman recommends that people figure out the safest area in their home or neighborhood.  

For more information on preparing for a storm go to www.ready.gov

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