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The devastating storms that took the lives of more than 45 victims across six states over the weekend is grabbing the attention of local officials.
Muskingum County Emergency Management Agency Director Bo Keck said it's not if a severe storm or tornado will hit our area, it's when. He said they do have a plan in place to ensure they are prepared for any major disaster.
"We are going to have a tornado event, whether this year, next year, or ten years from now we're going to have one, there's just no getting around it," said Keck.
He said it's important for residents to know the difference between a tornado watch and warning; a watch means that the conditions are favorable while a warning means one has been spotted or will occur. He said the sirens dispersed throughout the county are primarily for outdoor use.
"They are to warn people outside, the idea is that the odds are if you're inside you have a TV or a radio or something on they're just not made to warn people inside," said Keck.
The basement or cellar are the safest places to be in the event of a tornado. He said if you do not have one, you should take cover in the closet or bathroom. Those who reside in a mobile home should find a building nearby to seek shelter.