Preparing for emergencies and natural disasters

By Jillian Marshall

September 2, 2014 Updated Sep 2, 2014 at 6:33 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Fires, flooding, earthquakes and more, is your family prepared for an emergency or natural disaster? September is National Preparedness Month.

It's a time that Broome County Executive Debbie Preston (R) said is especially important to the people of Broome County, which has been hit by two major floods in less than a decade.

"I cannot stand here and say we will not have another flood, my only question is when and how bad," Preston said.

Preston, along with Director of Emergency Services Brett Chellis and the American Red Cross, outlined what residents should do now to prepare for a future emergency.

"We want people to take time, slow down and think, am I prepared? I know that this is a busy time of the year but it's always important. And the busier we are the less time we have to think and respond," said Shelley Bierwiler, Community Chapter Executive of the American Red Cross. "So if we're prepared for an emergency or disaster ahead of time, we don't even have to think."

Each week of September has a preparedness theme, this week is: to be informed, like registering for NY Alert. You can register at NYAlert.org or call 888-697-6972.

The theme for the following weeks: be prepared, make a kit, and get involved.

"You may need to survive on what you have during that emergency, so you want to make sure you have some basics of a kit, a few preparations, enough to hold you for 72 hours," Chellis said.

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