National Preparedness Month encourages community to take severe weather precautions

Published: Sep. 8, 2020 at 4:28 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - September is National Preparedness month. In the case of severe weather, Emergency Management Director Brandon Myers stresses how important it is to stay ready for an emergency.

“Taking action especially beforehand can save lives. Having this stuff beforehand readily accessible is one less thing you have to worry about when a severe storm hits. And then say the power goes out or you have to leave your home because of a storm,” said Emergency Management Director, Brandon Myers, “It’s one less thing you have to worry about; it’s right there easy to grab already in the car.”

This month is a reminder to get prepared for disasters whether it’s winter weather, fires, or hurricanes. Myers said it is important to check smoke detectors and replace batteries. He also said to have a to-go bag prepared with water, non perishable food, extra medications and important documents. Put these things in a bag you can easily reach and grab.

“Lot of people, especially people that I deal with, think ‘oh it’s not gonna happen to me I’m safe, I’m cautious.’ It’s just that one incident that all of the sudden you’re like, ‘uh i should have had this stuff.’ It doesn’t take a lot of time, it doesn’t take a lot of money. Most of this stuff you already have in the home. It’s just packing it in the bag,” said Myers.

Myers says you should have a first aid kit in the house and car with emergency cash, extra chargers, and winter accessories. He said to always keep people informed on where you are going and have a weather app to keep up to date on the weather.

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