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      Disasters avoided through prevention

      September is known as National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA wants you to be fully prepared in the case of an emergency happening in your area.

      They say the first thing you should know are the specific hazards and risks that could happen in your area.

      Once you've done that they recommend that you make a family emergency plan and know how you communicate and/or find your loved ones if a disaster strikes.

      Next, they say you should have an emergency supply kit in your car and in your home.

      The emergency supply kit should contain a gallon of water, a three day supply of food, a change of clothing, a battery powered weather radio, flash light with extra batteries, a cell phone, and a first aid kit.

      For free information, checklists and guidelines, visit the FEMA website at

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