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Are You Prepared For A Disaster?

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Surveys show that most people are not prepared for an emergency, but many people say they would be if it were easier to do.

The American Red Cross is trying to make it easier by holding a one-day emergency preparedness academy in late March.

Red Cross Regional Preparedness Director Nicole Holtgrefe tells Total Information AM the academy will offer recommendations, not only for individuals but for businesses, “If I heard this morning that my office was hit by a tornado last night do I know exactly where I need to go, who I need to talk to and what I need to do to make sure we backup and running and get things taken care of?”

She says there will also be advice for those who work with community organizations, including churches, “You can go to each different track and learn a little about how to deal with children at church if there might be a disaster,  or how to build your plan at church and then go and learn about some social media and how that works during a disaster as well.”

Holtgrefe says the training is very important for businesses, “If I heard this morning that my office was hit by a tornado last night do I know exactly where I need to go, who I need to talk to and what I need to do to make sure we backup and running and get things taken care of?”

The academy will be held March 27 at the Red Cross Chapter on North Lindbergh. Registration ends March 20th. Click here to register.

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