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DeSoto Co. officials urge emergency preparedness

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - With recent storms in Batesville and Tate County causing substantial damage, emergency preparedness is top of mind for officials in DeSoto County.

On Monday, the first day of the 2009 hurricane season, officials asked residents to be proactive instead of reactive when storms are in the area.

"So what we ask them to do is use a little common sense and have a few things on hand," DeSoto County EMA Director Bobby Storey said.

Things like ice, water and non perishable food items - items that come in handy when the power goes out, streets are blocked and stores are unreachable.  Storey said it is also wise to keep your medications well within reach.

"It's another problem we see is that people are diabetics and don't have their medicine and it's not readily available," he said.

Storey said every home should have emergency essentials such as batteries, flashlights, a generator and a working weather radio.

Storey says everyone should be ready because someday, an emergency will happen.

"It's not a matter of if it happens, it's just a matter of when it happens," he said.

Storey said there were two tornadoes in DeSoto County last year.  The Board of Supervisors approved the purchase of 15 new warning sirens this morning to be distributed throughout the county and its five municipalities.

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