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Preparing for severe spring weather

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Spring is here and it's a great time of year to be outdoors and enjoy the warm weather, but it's also a time when we should be alert and pay attention to rapidly changing weather conditions.

There are lots of emergencies to prepare for in Wisconsin, but Dave Sharpe, with the Badger and South Central Wisconsin Red Cross, says right now the main concern is flooding.

"We're monitoring some of the river levels, as we speak, making sure that we can be prepared as an institution," Sharpe said.

Sharpe said they're also concerned about tornadoes, as this is the beginning of tornado season.

The Red Cross has a plan Sharpe says everyone should do. The Be Red Cross Ready plan starts with getting an emergency kit, that should include various items like first aid supplies, water, and food.

The second step it to make a plan. Families should discuss what they are to do in case of an emergency.

The third step it to be informed. Sharpe says you should know what disasters or emergencies may occur in your area.

If you would like to register for a first aid or CPR class with the Red Cross, call 1-800-REDCROSS or click here.

The American Red Cross also offers some free mobile apps to better prepare you for any disaster. If you would like to learn more about the apps, click here.

Sharpe joined us on 27 News at 5 on Wednesday.

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