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While the threat of severe weather is on a lot of people's minds, there's those who are ready at any moment, if the worst comes our way.

Active duty Armed Forces and National Weather Service personnel at the Glen Jean armory in Fayette County gave 59News a closer look.

Up to 60 mile per hour winds, severe floods and thousands without power, that's what over 900 National Guard, active duty Armed Forces and National Weather Service personnel are always in house to prepare for, as well as to aid in damages during the aftermath of any severe weather.

A Major in the Air Force explained all the capabilities those at the Glen Jean Armory in Fayette County have to help Southern West Virginia.

"White water rafting, rock climbing, ziplining. We have medics and other folks that are on standby that are waiting and if they get a call they can do so and respond. We are proud that there haven't been any incidents that have required a big response, but we've been there and have been ready side-by-side with our partners to respond if necessary," Major Jamie Humphries said.

Keeping a safety or weather kit in your home or vehicles is always a good idea, a Lieutenant Colonel told us with this threat of severe weather, a safety kit could become a necessity.

"Extra food, flashlights, batteries, and water supply. For any bad weather event, whether it be winter or summer for flash floods, you'll also want a kit any time you're without power," Lieutenant Colonel Paul Whitsamen said.

He gave 59News more advice on how to stay safe when high water hits backroads, streets and highways.

"Immediately after a flood or during event, we tell folks to turn around, don't drive. Don't try to drive through flooded roadways or low-water crossings," Whitsamen added.

Stay with 59News on air and online as we continue to update you with severe weather updates.