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TEXOMA - Emergency officials say it's been a late starting season for severe weather in Texoma, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't be prepared.

Officials say this week's severe weather may have taken a lot of people off guard, but they say it should be a wake up call to anyone who isn't ready.

It's a sound Texoma hasn't heard much this year.

"It's just something that can happen anytime, we're not guaranteed a particular window of the year," said Miles Gooding of Bryan County Emergency Management.

And emergency officials say out of sight means out of mind.

"When you have beautiful days of sun shining, there's no clouds, it's 70-80 degrees, yes it goes out of our mind," said Goodong.

But some area residents say they've been planning ahead.

Sherry Howard took advantage of the Grayson County storm shelter rebate program to put this safe place on her property in Tom Bean.

"We're in tornado alley, and we wanted something to protect ourselves," said Howard.

The 8x8 room can hold up to 15 people standing, and is built to withstand an F-5 tornado.

"In today's environment, you never know what's going to happen, the uncertainty and it's just nice to know that you do have an area that you can go to and be safe from everything," Howard said.

"Pre planning is your best defense, know what you're going to do, where you're going to go and who you're responsible for," Gooding said.

Officials say once you have a plan, one of the most important things you can do is stay informed.

"Watch your weather, the forecasting of our local television and radio."

And they warn just listening for a tornado siren may not be enough.

"The homes these days are built a lot tighter, you cannot hear them as well as 20 or 30 years ago."

There are multiple ways to stay up to date on the weather, including Noah radios and cell phone apps.

If you'd like to sign up for KTEN's weather call alert system you can call our station at 903-337-4000 during regular business hours or click on the link below.

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