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STORM READY: Preparing For Severe Weather

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Sunday marked one week since severe weather ripped through central Iowa, damaging property and claiming two lives.

Monday morning, Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds offered sympathy to families who lost loved ones during those storms, before advising Iowans on how to be prepared for dangerous storms.

The Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department offered three easy steps Iowans can take to be ready for severe weather.

Step one — be aware of the potential for bad weather in your area.  You can do this by keeping tuned in to Channel 13, and by downloading our free 13WarnMe app.

Step two — make an emergency plan.

Step three — build an emergency supply kit.

“Remember just taking a few minutes today to plan what you’ll do in an emergency can keep you and your family safe and may also save a life,” says Mark Schouten, Director of HSEMD.

You can find more advice on severe weather readiness from homeland security at