Starkville businesses prepare for possible severe weather

Starkville business owners and managers say they have plans of action if severe weather occurs this weekend.

Posted: Jan 8, 2020 6:42 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2020 10:49 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Business owners and managers in Starkville are prepared to take action if severe weather hits this Saturday.

The bar manager at the Stagger In, Sarah Banes, said she remembered when the April tornado and storms rolled through Oktibbeha County last year.

“I feel like we handled everything pretty well from last year with what happened with all the tornadoes, and I think we’d pretty much keep it the same.”

She said if the restaurant is open in the midst of severe weather, it will stay open.

Banes said their plan is to move all the customers and workers away from the windows. Everyone will go to the restrooms or kitchen until the threat is over.

In the meantime, she said managers will stay up to date with the severe weather watches or warnings on television or on weather apps.

Owner of Arepas Coffee & Bar, Jose Elabras, said when he opened his business three months ago he mapped out a weather safety plan.

Elabras said the safest places are in the cooler, freezer and restrooms.

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