Amarillo, Texas - People across the Panhandle are gearing up for tornado season and it starts this week with severe weather awareness.
The American Red Cross is doing their part this Saturday, with a statewide drill, the first of its' kind, and over 800 people will participate.
Local volunteers will visit designated houses for mock emergency assistance. They will assess damage that tornadoes and other severe weather cause and determine what emergency supplies are needed. Vicky Richmond of the Amarillo Red Cross Chapter says, "The last two tornadoes were in Tulia and Cactus. Because of the fact that they were at opposite ends of the Panhandle, we came to realize we've got to get more prepared, we have to have more supplies, we have to have more volunteers that are trained, we have to have more practice runs, so that we'll know exactly what to do in the event of two disasters occurring, or a very large disaster."
Panhandle residents are also being pushed to prepare for tornado season with a program offering rebates on tornado shelters.
We first told you about the program being offered by the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission last month. But as it came to a close just days ago, there are still 150 slots available.