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Local Red Cross warns people to gear up for severe weather


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - We all know we should plan ahead for natural disasters. But, how many of us actually do?

"I think that people do tend to get better prepared, but really in the nation about 16 percent of adults say they're really prepared," said Mae Nachman, executive director of the American Red Cross in the North Central Wisconsin region.

The director said more people need to pay attention, especially those with disabilities.

"A lot of those folks have care workers. It's reaching out to those care workers and saying you need to have a plan. What if you can't get out there to support that individual?" Nachman said.

Pet owners need to look ahead as well.

"People have allergies to pets, and some pets don't get along with each other, and some people have phobias. They're afraid of dogs, or cats, or those kinds of things, some people keep venomous pets, so you know they have to have a plan," said Nachman.

Once you have plan Red Cross leaders said practicing it could help save your life.

"It's actually walking through and pretending you have a disaster," Nachman said.

Experts say in the event of a disaster, it's important to have a kit already on hand, and that kit should have three days worth of supplies. 

"Think about did I have a radio? Did I have a water? Did I have my medications, and all those things in place?" Nachman said.

And for those who are already prepared and want to help others, there is a way to do that.

"There's many classes you can take to learn to become a disaster responder. We're always looking for those folks." said Nachman.

If you are interested in becoming a disaster responder in your area, or how to better prepare yourself before a natural crisis hits just go to www.redcrossncwi.com.



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