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9/07/07-Mineola

How To Be The Best Prepared In The Worst Situation

Amy Burks has a new kitchen now, but it did not come in the way she would have wanted.

Burks said she was at work when her kitchen was destroyed in a fire.

Burks said she was not prepared for the fire at all. 

"It was just like, what do I do, where do I start," she said.  "I didn't know what to do, what to get, what I needed.  I didn't know anything."

The questions Burks was asking were questions the American Red Cross is hoping to provide answers to with its "Get Prepared" program. 

"We're trying to create a safer community," said Susan Campbell, a representative of the American Red Cross.

"If a family takes the three steps of getting informed, building a disaster kit, and making a plan at their home, then, they'll feel a lot more confident to respond to these disasters," she said.

Campbell said fires are the most common disasters in America and East Texas.

 She said making a plan is one of the best ways to be prepared for a fire:  communicate with family members about emergency contacts and procedures, create an evacuation plan for your home, and practice to make sure everyone knows what to do if the worst does happen. 

"If we prepare for these disasters it gives us so much more confidence to manage that," said Campbell.

Campbell said it's the planning that goes a long way to protect not only our homes, but also our lives.

For more information, you can visit the American Red Cross Web site.  Just Click the Know More On 7 link.

Layron Livingston, Reporting  livingston@kltv.com

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