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Emergency officials meet in O'boro to train for severe weather situations

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OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) -

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has declared March as Severe Weather Awareness Month and some emergency officials met Thursday to look at how prepared they are for future disaster situations. 

Today's training brought several emergency management agencies from western Kentucky to the National Guard Armory in Owensboro.

Officials reflected on how they dealt with past severe weather events like the ice storm and last year's tornadoes.

When those things happen, sometimes help from the state can't get here for a few days.

That leaves local counties to rely on their fellow neighbors, which means that good and open communication is critical following a disaster.

The training stresses teamwork among emergency officials, because it can make a huge difference in any event.

Ohio County EMA Director Charlie Shields explains.

"The teamwork's such a big thing, cause when a disaster hits a county, we rely on our fellow countians around us for the mutual aid, for generators, people, and all that, cause they can get there a whole lot faster than what the state can," said Shields. 

Officials say the best thing residents can do for any storm is to be prepared and have a plan.

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