Omaha Public Radio News
11:56 pm
Sun March 22, 2009

Officials urge preparedness for severe weather

Omaha, NE – With spring comes severe weather season, and officials say now is the time to prepare for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

The Omaha metro area experienced an active severe weather season last year. Two natural disasters happened in Douglas County within 19 days of each other. One of those natural disasters happened in the middle of the night when two tornadoes damaged southwest Omaha and Millard. Another storm hit the Little Sioux Scout Camp, causing significant damage and killing four Scouts.

Douglas County Emergency Management Agency Director Paul Johnson says you should have plans at home and work detailing what to do when severe weather hits. He says you should also put together an emergency preparedness kit. The kit should contain enough food and water for each person in the home for three days, as well as a flashlight, batteries, weather radio, and any prescriptions you might be on.