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      Governor Declares September Nebraska Preparedness Month, Urges Residents to Prepare for Disasters/Emergencies

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      Governor Dave Heineman is calling on Nebraskans to be prepared for any possible emergency or disaster.

      The governor proclaimed September as Nebraska Preparedness Month, urging residents to create disaster supply kits and create plans to take care of themselves and family members for up to 72 hours.

      “A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Local officials and relief workers may not be able to help everyone immediately after a disaster, so it is recommended that you have your own food, water and supplies," Heineman explained. "Nebraska Preparedness Month is a good time to communicate emergency plans with family and friends, and to build a kit or update the one you already have.”

      Emergency officials say preparation is important given the tornadoes, floods and fires that have struck the state in the last few years.

      The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency says multiple websites are available to help residents be prepared; they include www.ready.gov and www.bereadynebraska.com.

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