WI Emergency Management says now is the time to prepare for a disaster

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- If a disaster happened today, would you be ready? Wisconsin Emergency Management's ReadyWisconsin campaign is encouraging everyone to be prepared.

September marks National Preparedness Month. Warning coordination meteorologist Todd Shea with the National Weather Service said it's meant to encourage people to be ready for any kind of emergency.

“Not only from weather, but unfortunately these days terrorism, and things like that. Just a reminder for everyone to have an action plan, be prepared,” said Shea.

Tod Pritchard who's a public information officer with Wisconsin Emergency Management said September has been National Preparedness Month since the year after 9/11.

“I think it's a great time for individuals, families, businesses to kind of go through the different scenarios. What are the different threats that we face here in Wisconsin, and how would we handle each of those?” said Pritchard.

It's a good idea to have an emergency in your home and your vehicle in case of a disaster. Some items you'll want to have in there include a first-aid kit, a flashlight and water.

Shea said you should have enough supplies on hand so you could survive three to five days on your own. He also said you should have an action plan.

“Some place that you're family is going to meet, how you're going to communicate, what are you going to do with pets, things like that,” said Shea.

Finally it's important to be aware of what's happening.

Pritchard said he thinks wireless emergency alerts have been a valuable resource.

“I think that's an amazing tool that over the next few years is really going to help save lives,” said Pritchard.

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