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Red Cross Stresses Disaster Preparedness

The Red Cross continues to sound the trumpet in its effort to get people individually prepared for disasters like our recent flooding.
The Red Cross continues to sound the trumpet in its effort to get people individually prepared for disasters like our recent flooding.

Community Executive Shelley Bierwiler of the Southern Tier Chapter met with members of the Binghamton Rotary lunch club recently. As winter gets underway in earnest, Bierwiler encourages everyone to have a Go-Kit in their homes consisting of water, food, pet food medications and a battery or crank-operated radio in the event that a snow or ice storm knocks out power. Bierwiler says she thinks area residents have gotten better at heeding the warnings.

"In this area, I think we're more prepared than in the past. With the flooding that we've had and actually experiencing disasters, I think that that really is a catalyst to get people more prepared," said Bierwiler.

Bierwiler says motorists should also have a Go-Kit in their vehicles in case they get stranded. That would include warm clothes, blankets, food, water and a battery-operated radio.
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