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Aug 30, 2010 8:11 PM by John Romero

Is your family ready for an emergency?

You never know when an emergency might strike you or your family. September is National Preparedness Month and with snow just a month or two away it's important to be ready for the worst.

"In the case of a blizzard, often times they (rescue crews) can't respond. It's very difficult for them to get anywhere fast," says Jennifer Mariano with the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross recommends you have enough to survive for 3 days without any outside help. Things such as protein bars and peanut butter don't take up a lot of space, but provide a lot of nourishment.

"You've got calories and protein to keep your body going, but it doesn't take up a lot of room in your kit," explains Mariano.

First aid kits, pet supplies and a radio are also very helpful. But one of the most important things you can do it make sure your cell phone is charged.

"You definitely should be keeping a battery back up for your cell phone because you just never know," says Mariano.

It's also important to remember that emergency preparedness just isn't for your home. In fact, you need to have some emergency gear in your car too. Things as simple as a bandanna for your antenna, an air compressor for your tires and some warm clothing can make all the difference when emergencies happen. Most importantly says Mariano, is to discuss the emergency plan with your family. By getting everyone involved, thing will go a lot smoother if something happens.

"The more you talk about it and the more you prepare for it, the easier it's going to be," says Mariano.

As part of National Preparedness Month, the Red Cross will be giving out 30 tips over 30 days in September. CLICK HERE to see those tips and to get more information on preparing yourself and your family for an emergency.

 

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