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DATE: April 4, 2012 7:54:30 AM CDT

These are the three steps you and your family can take to become more disaster prepared.  Having a well-stocked emergency kit, making a family communications & emergency plan and having ways to stay informed during and after disasters are key to making you a disaster survivor, rather than a disaster victim.

Get a Kit

Having an emergency preparedness kit helps you be self-sufficient during disasters, when many basic services are unavailable. Be sure to have these basic supplies, making kits for your home, office and vehicle:

Make a Plan

Making a plan ensures that your family all knows exactly what to do when emergencies occur.  Emergencies can strike at any time, and you may not necessarily be with your family, or at home.

Be sure to include these in your plan:

 Plan to evacuate

Be Informed