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Are You Prepared for Severe Weather?

With snow still on the ground, many are wishing for spring, but the season change has its own set of weather risks.
With snow still on the ground, many are wishing for spring, but the season change has its own set of weather risks.

To prepare for the change, this week is Severe Weather Preparedness week, and the American Red Cross has some reminders to keep you safe.

The American Red Cross responds to thousands of catastrophes each year.

"Most often, we find many people who weren't prepared for disaster," Volunteer, Mike Kratchmer said.

There are three things the Red Cross recommends to help families stay safe.

First, stay informed about the weather, even if you're not at home. There's a Red Cross app for that.

"You can enter information where if you're going on a road trip across the country or even across the state, you can let it know where you're going and follow it throughout your trip and it will notify you if you're about to drive into an area where severe weather is present," Communication specialist for the Red Cross, Rick Harvey said.

Next, have a kit ready with food, water, flashlights and batteries, or any other supplies your family needs.

"Other kits could have things such as medication. A lot of times if you lose power or if you have to be evacuated from your home, prescription medication in particular is something you don't really think about having handy," Harvey said.

Finally, be prepared with a plan and practice it.

"Talk to your kids about where to go if there's an emergency or severe weather situation. Practice it, because sometimes there's not a whole lot of warning and you need to know where to go and what to do at the right time," he said.

So when disaster strikes, you'll be ready.

"People always think it's not going to happen to them until it does, and they wish they had been prepared."

For more information on the American Red Cross click here.


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