Construction underway for six new storm shelters in DeSoto Co. - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Construction underway for six new storm shelters in DeSoto Co.

(WMC-TV) - DeSoto County schools made some big strides using federal money for extra safety precautions during severe weather.

It includes a new storm shelter to keep kids safe in DeSoto County. It is just one of the ways people are planning for emergencies during the Governor's Tornado Preparedness Week.

"We are prone to having some pretty severe tornadoes in this part of the area," said DeSoto EMA Director Bobby Storey.

On Wednesday, Mississippians heard a statewide test for Tornado Preparedness Week.

"We think it's not going to happen to us, and I'm sure the people in Monroe County thought the same thing in Smithville when they woke up and the entire town was gone," said Storey.

Construction is underway for six new shelters to keep kids safe in DeSoto County Schools.

Superintendant Milton Kuykendall says his staff continues duck and cover drills with children just in case.

"We pray to God none of that ever happens, but we do want to be prepared as best as we can be," said Kuykendall.

Five new sirens for rural DeSoto County will arrive next week. Emergency officials say to pick a safe interior room for your family away from windows, have a weather radio, and extra water, clothes, and medicine.

New sirens are not meant to be heard inside because of the noisy wind and rain. The Action News 5 weather team has you covered, but just in case you lose power our storm tracking app can still alert you and your family. Just download the Action News 5 Stormtracking App from your app store.

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