Always be prepared

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Violent storms hit several communities across the nation this past week, claiming the lives of more than 20 people and causing untold damage to homes, property, businesses and more.
While Monett was spare the worst of the wild weather, these storms should serve as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of severe storms and the danger they can bring.Cassville Mill-76
Monett Emergency Management does its best to keep community members informed about potential weather scenarios, but as evidenced in several nearby communities this spring, tornados, hail, and other hazards can happen at unexpected times and in unexpected places.
“We want to remind everyone in the community how important it is to have an emergency action plan,” said Monett Emergency Manager Kelley McMillan. “Most of us have seen the kind of damage last weekend’s storms brought, either from high winds, tornados, or hail, and we have been fortunate to have worst of the weather miss Monett. But the day may come when we all need to have a plan to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.”
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Emergency plans should include at-home measures, including knowing escape routes in the event of a fire or other emergencies, routes, and alternate routes to medical care in case of damaged or blocked roads, knowing where your nearest emergency shelter is located and plans for ways to contact family members and loved ones if they are not home in the event of an emergency. It is also vital for residents to know where their emergency shut offs for gas and electrical service are located in the event of an emergency.
“If we all do our part to plan for the worst, if the worst ever comes, we will all weather the storm together,” McMillan said. “We hope that day never comes, but we should all plan for it nonetheless.”