Many area residents are no stranger to the dangers of spring weather in Southern Oklahoma.
April, May, and June are known for the highest danger for severe weather, namely tornadoes or severe thunderstorms.
The City of Ardmore issued a proclamation naming April Severe Weather Preparedness Month, said Amber Wilson, Emergency Management Director.
“We hope to remind people to start planning ahead,” Wilson said.
She said early Spring is a good time to remind the public to make arrangements for where they will seek shelter, and prepare kits to take with them. Wilson recommended storing water, nonperishable snacks, medicines and cash for emergencies.
While there is one public shelter at the southeast corner of the Plainview Gym, the space there is limited and pets are not allowed. Wilson said it is important for people who live in mobile homes to seek out shelter ahead of time and know where to go.
Many shelters don’t allow pets, so residents need to plan for that as well. Wilson said it is also important to evaluate the travel time to a shelter, because nobody wants to get caught outside during a storm.