DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: IT'S NOT A ONE TIME EFFORT

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Matt Bissell, Solid Ambassador and Regional Response Officer, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is highlighting the importance of disaster preparedness on NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration website.

"Being ready for natural disasters is all about learning from the past, looking ahead to the future, and preparing in the now. Preparedness is not a one time effort. Disasters happen every year, and it’s important to make sure you’re ready — not just once, but throughout the year.

Natural disasters can take you off guard, if you let them. In all reality, natural disasters are not a complete surprise. They happen every year, and for some, we even have a general timeframe for when we might expect them — such as hurricane season. That knowledge affords us the incredible opportunity to be ready and prepared when the time comes."

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Taylor Cotton