TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - What are you doing to survive a disaster? This week we told you about a survey that measures how well Hoosiers are prepared for natural emergencies. But, before you take part in that survey with a local expert to find out what simple things you can do to improve a desperate situation for you and your family.
Flooding, tornados, and winter storms, in the Wabash Valley these are events we live with every year. Disasters that JD Kessler, of Vigo County's Emergency Management Agency, deals with as part of his job.
"We’ve all grown up in an area (Midwest) and in a society where we're a little more self reliant than say East Coast (or) West Coast," Kessler explained.
That is the good news.
However, according to the last survey done in Indiana, folks in rural areas are more prepared than those say in urban Terre Haute.
"(Part of surviving is) being able to withstand a power outage in the middle of winter or a water outage or anything like that,” Kessler said. “Again people in rural communities again we're used to that kind of thing."
Before you get online and participate in this year’s survey, what are some things you can do right now that will prepare you for a disaster in the Wabash Valley?
"If you can take care of yourself for 72 hours, you're way ahead of the majority of people," Kessler said.
Here are his biggest tips: Make sure you have food to last you and your family for three days; food like canned goods and snacks that don't expire.
If you have medication vital to you or a family member's health have backups ready at all times. When you help yourself, you actually help others trying to survive in your community.
“If you can take care of yourself the public safety community can take care of those who really need and are unable to care for themselves," Kessler said.
To take part in the survey click here.
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