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Genesee Co. neighbors preparing for storm season

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (04/28/14) - Tornadoes across the U.S. have local neighbors remembering our own disaster last year when six tornadoes touched down in Genesee and Shiawassee counties.

"We came upstairs afterward and the house next door was gone," said Gail Seeling, who lives in Atlas Twp.

A tornado ripped apart her neighbor's home last May.

"They had just moved in, I couldn't remember her name, so I just started hollering 'hello, hello!'" she said.

A mother and her three kids were home - somehow they weren't hurt. Flash forward to today and the home is re-built.

"We're not afraid of it, we're just waiting to see what happens," Seeling said.

But destruction like that leaves its mark.

"We don't have as much small things laying around outside that can be picked up and thrown into the house," she said.

And some are trying to better prepare neighbors this storm season. The Genesee County Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the office of Emergency Management are training people to become certified storm spotters.

"The more folks that we have out on the ground, the more tornadoes get recorded and the safer the members of the community are," said Tim Crane, with the amateur radio emergency service.

A training session scheduled for Tuesday night has been canceled.
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