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Be ready for disaster with Red Cross

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HANCOCK COUNTY, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Red Cross has tips for how you can prepare for severe weather.

When it comes to flooding, wind storms, or even tornadoes, the three basic steps to start with being "Red Cross ready" are: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.

"The thing about disaster is it can happen at any time," said Todd James, executive director of the Hancock County Red Cross. "It can be natural or it can be manmade, and it usually happens with very little warning."

Whether a disaster keeps you in your home for days, or you're displaced, communication is the key step in being ready.

"Usually you will have one person in the family who is taking the lead on this," James said. "They're putting the emergency kit together, and they're taking the plan. Sometimes what they forget to do is share that information with everybody else in the family, and if the whole family isn't aware of what's going on in the plan, it's not going to help them when disaster strikes."

Most disaster kits should be packed and placed in an easy-to-get-to location, and with three days' worth of supplies: water, food, first aid, a radio, and medications, even cash and important documents.

The Red Cross is available to anyone impacted by a disaster, but knowing what to do ahead of time is vital.

"Whatever you learn, if you learn it in Ohio and you travel somewhere else, if something happens, that knowledge could save your life," James said.

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