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Every city and town in the country is at risk for some sort of disaster. Whether you think you’re at risk or not, getting prepared before it happens is key.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 3:07 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2019 11:48 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Every city and town in the country is at risk for some sort of disaster. Whether you think you’re at risk or not, getting prepared before it happens is key.

Mick Newton is the Emergency Management Director for Noble County.

He says if you’re unsure how to get started, start by searching the internet for home preparedness tips.

"There are wonderful websites out there, one I refer a lot of people to is ready.gov and a lot of these have lists, and ideas, and stuff for you to think about," Newton said.

Things to think about include:

  • What are the risks my family faces?
  • What do I need to survive a disaster?
  • Where do I go if I have to leave?

Then you can start to prepare.

For someone like Deborah Boyd, she would need her medication to survive.

When asked if she would be prepared to leave her house if a disaster was imminent, she replied,"No I would not be prepared. I’m on medication and everything, and I think about it. No I would not."

For people in Noble County, you may need a plan for evacuation because of how often hazardous materials travel through the county.

"Our number one threat we feel in Noble County is the risk of a hazardous material incident," Newton explained. "While the probability of it happening is really small, the impact if it does is great."

Once you know your risks, create a plan if you have to evacuate and if you need to shelter in place and make sure everyone in the family knows the plan.

You also need to create a disaster kit with enough food, water, and medication to last at least three days.

It's also encouraged to include first aid supplies and other items to keep safe.

You may also need a kit for a disabled family members, the elderly, and even your pets. And if you aren’t already, take boyd’s advice.

"Everybody needs to think about it because with everything going on in the world, we do need a backup plan, we do," Boyd said.

If you need information on where to find tips for preparedness, go to the links below:

National Insittutes of Health

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

More Prepared

Safehome.org

Red Cross

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