DETROIT (WWJ) – It was just a year ago that Dexter experienced a tornado and emergency officials had to get the word out and deal with the extensive damage.

WWJ Newsradio 950’s Beth Fisher reports there are things you can to protect you and your family .

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And during severe weather season, Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services Director Marc Breckenridge says you should pay attention to local media.

Breckenridge says you should be ready to take shelter when there’s a severe weather watch.

“Right now communications is a big problem for people in Oklahoma, so after a tornado a lot of people are trying to reach out and find out what the condition is of a loved one, family members of neighbors,” said Brechenridge. “A communication plan, an actual list of names and phone numbers really comes in handy when you are trying to account for the safety of people in a disaster.”

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Breckenridge says also keep an emergency kit on hand with a three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, a battery-powered radio, flashlight, and emergency communications plan.

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