As if what happened in Henryville, Indiana wasn't warning enough, emergency officials want everyone to remember: Severe weather season is here. While many understand the danger of spring and summer storms, few are actually prepared.
Karen Laros was horrified after learning what happened in Henryville earlier this month.
"It scares me. Scares me," says Laros.
Laros lives in a mobile home. She loves her house, but knows it is not the safest place to be in severe weather.
"Well we plan to get out of the trailer," says Laros, "go to my daughter's house because she has a basement and everything."
Emergency officials say Laros' severe weather plan could save her life. In Henryville, two-thirds of the 13 Indiana victims who died in the twisters on March 2 were in mobile homes. Not everyone, though, is as prepared as Laros.
"I don't really know," says Mac McQueary, who lives near Laros in the mobile home park, "I live in a mobile home and a few times we have had alerts and I really didn't know what to do."
That is why emergency officials say no matter where you live, you should:
-Have a plan: know where you will go in an emergency.
-Practice your plan.
-Have a weather radio and pay close attention to the television or radio weather reports if you know severe weather is possible.
-Create an emergency kit.
Here is what the Red Cross recommends for an emergency kit:
At a minimum, have the basic supplies listed below. Keep supplies in an easy to carry emergency preparedness kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate.
-Water-one gallon per person, per day (3day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home)
-Food-nonperishable, easytoprepare items (3day supply for evacuation, 2week supply for home)