(Cleveland) – With over a dozen people dead after tornadoes swept across the plains and the south on Sunday. Greater Clevelanders are being reminded that this is the season for unsettled weather, and residents need to be prepared.

Cuyahoga County Emergency Management Agency administrator Walter Topp feels every family should have a NOAA weather radio that sounds an alarm when threatening conditions are approaching.

He says residents can also sign up for disaster notifications from the county's Ready Alert system.

Topp tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, that twisters can and do touch down in our area, with one doing so in Cuyahoga County last summer.

Topp says if a major disaster were to strike, residents should expect to be on their own for up to 72 hours. He adds, neighbors are the actual first responders, and should have an emergency survival kit in their homes.

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(Photo by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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