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First responders urge people to prepare for inclement weather this holiday season

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First responders are urging people to be prepared for inclement weather this holiday season.

"During the holidays I think there should always be some secondary planning," Scott County Rural Fire Chief Jeremy Perrien said.

If you're hitting the road Wednesday be ready for traffic mixed with nasty weather.

"There's going to be a lot more people on the road," Perrien said.

AAA’s latest forecast predicts more than 100-million Americans will travel this holiday season. 90 percent of those will be on the road.

Weather could definitely have an impact on travel. In a bad downpour, though, pulling over and waiting could be your best bet," Perrien said.

"It would be an inconvenience but safety is always an inconvenience."

What about those hosting holiday dinners this year?

"Know how many people you have coming and try to accommodate the," Perrien said.

That means having emergency and evacuations plans that account for the extra guests.

And think about family members with special medical needs, like oxygen, should storms knock out power.

Perrien says taking precautions now could save a hassle down the line.

"This is Missouri and we don't what the weather is going to do."

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