DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — The forecast for this afternoon in North Texas again includes heavy storms, hail and the possibility of dangerous tornadoes.

Schools districts across the area are keeping an eye on the weather. Some have already cancelled after school activities as a precaution.

So, how should you prepare for the severe weather?

The emergency preparedness experts with FEMA recommend that you keep emergency supplies in your car, just in case. There is a strong possibility that you will be on the road this afternoon or at work.

An emergency kit should include items like a blanket to cover yourself with, a battery-powered radio, water, a first aid kit, and a whistle you can use to alert someone if you need help. A complete list can be found on FEMA’s Ready.gov.

If you do find yourself on a highway when severe weather hits, the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma recommends that you seek shelter in a sturdy building — or underground if possible. Avoid seeking shelter under a bridge, which can create traffic hazards and provide little protection.

If you can’t locate shelter in a timely manner, stay in the car with the seat belt on, put your head down below the windows, and cover your head.

If you live in a mobile home, evacuate the home immediately and seek shelter in a permanent structure.

Additional tips on what to do if a tornado hits while you are at work, in a shopping mall, or out in the open can be found on the Storm Prediction Center Website.

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