Emergency Officials Push Preparedness


Right in between tornado and blizzard seasons, emergency officials are pushing preparedness.

The tornado watches Nebraska saw over the weekend aren't typical in September, which is why they say it's a perfect time to plan.

In a backpack under his desk at work Hall County Emergency Manager Jon Rosenlund has supplies in case of a disaster.

He says you should too, in a kit that mirrors what you'd pack for three days of camping.

"A tent, sleeping bag, food, water, first aid kit, batteries, radio, flash light," said Rosenlund.

Those contents may need to change if you have a baby, a pet or need medication.

"Tailor your kit to your specific needs," said Rosenlund.

When planning for disaster, he practices what he preaches - literally.

"That need to practice a plan is just as important for a home and business," said Rosenlund.

He found out just how important during a fire drill in his own home.

"In that plan we realized if we expected our kids to get out the window, they were too young and too short to reach the latches," he said.

Rosenlund says knowing how you'll get in touch with loved ones and having supplies for three days can be feel overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.

"It doesn't have to be big, shouldn't have to be expensive. You probably already have everything in your home today," he said.

If you need motivation to gather up those supplies, Rosenlund says look to the devastating storm that hit Nebraska this year.

"Sometimes that little bit of unease, that little bit of disquiet that you feel when there's a tornado warning, when there's a blizzard warning and you're not sure what to do, take that moment of anxiety, which can be very, very helpful and inspiring to do those small and simple thing that will help you be more prepared,” he said.

All September, which is National Preparedness Month, emergency officials will be using the internet to bring you more tips.

Here's some good places to check:

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