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Are you Ready? It's Severe Weather Preparedness Week

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Buncombe County, NC – Preparing for severe thunderstorms and even tornadoes, is the focus of a statewide campaign this week. That’s because March 5th through 11th is Severe Weather Preparedness Week in North Carolina.

On Wednesday morning, schools and government buildings will be hosting tornado drills in an effort to practice emergency plans.

Buncombe County emergency officials say having an emergency kit is one of the best ways to safeguard your family. They say you should have supplies to last each person at least three days, and ideally up to seven days.

Click here for a list of what to include in your emergency kit.

You should also have a plan of what to do if disaster strikes. "Be aware of what you would do in a situation of a tornado or severe weather. Whether you're at home or at work,” says Angie Ledford with Buncombe County Emergency Services.

“Today's a great time to talk to your kids about it because they've probably gone through the tornado drill at school,” she adds.

There is a free app you can download on your cell phone or iPad, to get more information on ways to plan and prepare. It’s called Ready NC. Click here to access the website for Ready NC.

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