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Make plans now for an emergency later

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JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. -- Across Texoma, where flooding and ice storms can be a real issue, it's important that you have everything you need to be prepared for severe weather.

"A little bit of preparedness can go a long ways," said Jason Bryant, Johnston County's emergency management director.

September is National Preparedness Month, a time for reminders to always be prepared for the worst-case scenario.

"Check your batteries in your flashlight; double-check and make sure you have some bottled water on hand, some snack foods," Bryant said.

Pennington Creek in Johnston County is a notorious area for flooding. If you live in an area that's accustomed to rising waters, it's important to be alert during and after storms, especially when driving.

"It may look like there's nothing wrong, and then next thing you know the road's gone underneath you and you could wash away," Bryant said.

In the winter, make sure you have what you need to stay warm if an ice storms hits.

"You need to make sure you check your propane, make sure your propane's full," Bryant said. "If you use firewood, make sure you get firewood, or coal, or heating oil, or whatever you use."

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