Barber County sheriff warns preparation before storms

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MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Barber County sheriff is asking residents of the county to be prepared in case the threat for severe storms impacts residents. 

Sheriff Lonnie Small says that he has all his sheriff's deputies working and is bringing in an additional 911 operator. 

Small is also working with the local fire departments. 

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"All my deputies are going to stay on duty , til we decide whether we need them or not. I have already talked to the fire department to have guys out helping block roads, find people, if we have...just a disaster happens," Small said. 

As for emergency shelters, Small is asking residents to have a plan now. He says some churches may open their doors for shelter. More information can be found on the Barber County Sheriff's Office Facebook page

In addition to severe weather, many of the roads in Barber County could be congested as storm chasers converge in the area. The sheriff says he appreciates the reports storm chasers give to local law enforcement, but is also asking them to obey the laws of the road. 

"They need to obey the laws, stay off of the roadways and out of the way of all emergency vehicles," Small said. 

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