Tuesday, September 2, 2014

News
Preparing for Natural Disasters
By ALLISON NORLIAN


UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Tornado's like the one that struck Moore, Oklahoma on Monday have plagued our nation for decades. Natural disasters are uncontrollable and spontaneous which is why being educated and prepared on the topic is imperative.

Natural disasters cause destruction within mere minutes. The tornado's in Moore destroyed homes, ripped families apart and killed individuals.

Jennifer Balog, Community Chapter Executive for the Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Red Cross believes everyone should be prepared for any type of natural disaster at any given time.

Balog said, "Make sure you have that disaster plan if something happens and you have to evacuate your home... everybody knows where to go and meet. Also have a feel for what your emergency contacts are in the area or who you can call to find out where to go and how to reconnect with your family."

She also said that the Mohawk Valley community should always have preparedness kits in their cars including blankets, clothing and food for up to three days, especially during big winter snow storms.

These Oklahoma residents who only had a mere 15 minutes to take cover have a very long road ahead of them. The Mohawk Valley Chapter of the Red Cross is already jumping on the bandwagon to help with volunteers heading down to work with the survivors.

Financial donations are encouraged to help those victims suffering. If you want to donate to the Red Cross relief fund for the victims call the Red Cross at 1-800-RedCross or text the words REDCROSS to 90999 and ten dollars will be added to your bill for The Oklahoma victims.