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WSFA participates in severe weather preparedness event

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

WSFA 12 News participated with groups on Saturday at an event to prepare viewers for when severe weather strikes.

With hurricane season underway, officials say it's important to have a plan in place in case disaster strikes.

That's why different agencies, including WSFA, came together at the Wal-Mart on Chantilly Parkway in Montgomery for a severe weather preparedness event.

"We're just supporting the community and handing out information on disaster services," said Erin Bone, American Red Cross worker. "Such as, what to do if there were a power outage, or thunderstorms, and we are handing out checklists so the community knows what to do if those things come around."

"As you know the first responders have been preparing all year long, but we know the citizens have a level of preparedness they must do also," said Calvin Brown, Director of the Montgomery City and County EMA. "So we're out here giving information on how they prepare themselves for disaster and what to expect in case of a disaster."

One thing to expect in case of disaster, is a strain on emergency resources and responders. This is why being prepared is so important.

"When a disaster happens, the first responders are stretched beyond their means.so there may be a time or period where you have to survive on your own for a day or two," Brown said. "When a disaster happens, utilities are out. You don't have water, you don't have gas, you don't have electricity. So we want you to know that you should have some things to keep you going until that time happens."

The easiest way to make sure you have those things is to make a disaster kit. Some of the items that kit should have are non-perishable food items, water, first-aid supplies, and a flashlight with spare batteries.

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