Natural disasters, like tornadoes and severe storms, are things we don’t like to think about until necessary. But in Missouri, being prepared for spring storm and tornado season is a necessity, according to a University of Missouri Extension emergency management specialist. Missouri ranks tenth in the number of major disaster declarations.
“Missourians need to understand emergency preparedness is their responsibility. The Red Cross, the state and FEMA are not going to take care of you. They will come to your aid when they’re needed at some point,” said Eric Evans, community emergency management specialist. “But it’s your responsibility to take care of your family, yourself and your pets and be ready for the next impending emergency.”
Families need three things to be prepared for weather emergencies:
- Family disaster plan
- Weather radio
- Emergency supplies
For important tips and resources for acquiring/creating these three essentials, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/