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Amarillo prepares for dangerous storm

Amarillo, Texas - The last time Amarillo had a blizzard watch was several years ago, back in 2009.

Now that we're facing one yet again, the city isn't taking any chances.

They're trying to stop any potential snow problems before they start. Amarillo will soon become a winter wonderland, a very dangerous one.

So, we met with the city's Emergency Management Coordinator to find out how they plan to tackle the storm head on. All of his answers had one recurring theme - coordination, and lots of it.

Kevin Starbuck says, "With not only local resources such as the street department, fire department, police department, but we've also contacted the state of Texas through the Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Department of Public Safety to make sure that we're all on the same sheet of music and we're all prepared to work together."

They're also taking steps to help those who aren't from the area, but may have to stay here unexpectedly. "We've updated all of our hotel/motel information in a system that we have to track bed and room availability in the area. And we'll have that available that we can coordinate with the 211 system."

For those who can't afford to stay in a hotel, an emergency shelter will be set up at the Salvation Army downtown.

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