Preparing for severe weather

MASON CITY, Iowa – For Bob Kenny life has been a little hectic.

“Well its been crazy day of course for me, I’ve been on the phone most the day with Ottumwa trying to figure out what we’re going to do there,” said Kenny.

Kenny is the Activities Director at Mason City High School.

He’s got a full plate this week, especially since it’s homecoming and  the big game is planned for Friday night, but throw in the possibility for severe weather, and it’s time for a new game plan.

It’s something he’s never had to deal with in the Fall.

“Oh not football, we had over 30 basketball games rescheduled its something we always do,” said Kenny.

And according to the plan if everyone’s at Mohawk Stadium enjoying the football game and severe weather does strike the football players will be heading toward the gym into the basement of it, and those watching the game will head to the FEMA building.

Which has Steve O’Neil, liking the sound of that.

He’s the Emergency Management Coordinator for Cerro Gordo County, and says everyone should be ready if severe weather does hit no matter where you are.

“When those watches come up that means things are coming together they could get nasty, be even more alert and then when the alert, warning, comes which we hope it doesn’t but if it does that means take shelter immediately,” said O’Neil

O’Neil says one of the biggest mistakes people make, can also be the most dangerous.

“I got to see it, sirens going off they go out and try to spot the storm or try to be a storm chaser and what they don’t realize is those people who do chase storms are trained, had a lot of experience, but even they get caught,” said O’Neil.

And that’s exactly what Kenny is hoping does not happen.

“My associate superintendent says it’s always better to error on the side of safety and Hal always says there’s always a better day to play and that’s true,” said Kenny.

So the game plan right now for Mason City High School is that the freshman game has been canceled

The homecoming varsity game has been moved up to 5:30 tomorrow night, and if the game is interrupted by weather, you can expect some type of football game Saturday, but either way, Kenny and O’Neil want people to make sure they’re paying attention to the current weather situation, no matter what time of day.

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