CHICKASAW COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA)-- Experts say it's time to prepare for what is usually the worst month for severe weather across Mississippi.
Battery operated radios, and first aid kits can mean the difference between surviving a disaster and not.
Nobody knows this better than Rebecca Moore of the Darden Community. She said she is prepared and so are her neighbors.
"We have snacks, crackers, Nabs, that kinda thing. [We have] flashlights, touch lamps and some kind of lantern," said Moore.
All of the homes on her block were leveled during the April 27, 2011 tornadoes. Each owner decided to rebuild with severe weather in mind.
"No one had shelters around here," Moore added.
Now, there are at least five storm shelters a stone's throw away from one another filled with all the items needed if disaster strikes.
Okolona Fire Chief Terry Tucker says every home needs items such as these in their disaster kit.
He said you can add medications and other personal items because you never know how long it's going to take before help arrives.
"You know we have to wait until the storm passes before we can get out," said Tucker.
So, what should you do if severe weather strikes and you don't have a storm shelter? Tucker said you should locate shelters in the community before the siren sounds.
"When you wait until the tornado sirens sound, sometimes that is too late to get out and start trying to move," said Tucker.