Maybe you are one of many in the Ozarks who have seen the pictures from Joplin and now say they’ll take tornado warnings more seriously. Finding out if there is a public shelter should only take a quick call to your county office. Then you need to lay out what you need to do after the storms have passed. Designate a meeting place where your family can gather if you’re separated during the storm, and set a contact person, maybe an out of town relative, who could be reached when local lines of communication fail. Make your kit with water, food and other survival items, and keep those things handy where you live, work and ride. And stay tuned to forecasts. Buy a weather radio or sign up for weather text alerts. It could keep you from running errands, and catching you without shelter during a storm.