Importance of being prepared

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Whether it’s a fire, tornado, or a flood, it’s important to be prepared when emergencies pop up.

That’s why government officials are marking September as “National Preparedness” month.

They want Americans to make sure they have taken steps to prepare for emergencies no matter where they are.

That includes coming up with a plan of action to follow, when those emergencies strike.
“Where would you go if you had to leave your home for an extended period?” Captain Mark Light of the Albert Lea Fire Department said. “Just things like that to think about ahead of time so all of a sudden you don’t have to make those decisions quickly. You’ve thought this out; it’s like practicing or rehearsing for anything.”

Light adds it’s very important for families to practice these plans over and over to be prepared.

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