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Firebusters: Emergency Preparedness

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EUGENE, Ore. —   Disasters happen all the time, in many forms, and experts say most people aren’t ready.

According to a recent survey, nearly 60% of Americans do not have an emergency plan in case of a disaster.

Members of the Lane Fire Authority say it’s a great idea for all families to have an emergency kit and discuss a contingency plan.

Experts suggest families decide who to call, where to meet, and what to pack in case of an emergency.

A basic supply kit should include a three-day supply of food and water for each family member, a battery-powered radio, flashlight and batteries, a first aid kit, a can opener, maps and cell phone chargers.

It’s also important for children to know their full name and address.

“The child needs to know the name of the street they live on and the number of the address, so we can provide them quicker emergency services,” said Lane Fire Authority Marshal Dean Chappell.

Be sure to include the entire family in your emergency plan, including pets.

A supply kit for dogs, cats and other animals should include food, water and medication.

For more information on preparing a disaster kit, click here to visit the U.S. Government’s preparedness website.

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