Ready or Not

Ready or not, chances are you'll have to deal with a natural or manmade disaster at some point. That's the message state and local health officials are spreading to residents. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson has more.

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Shoppers are filing in and out of a large tent outside a Wal-Mart in South Houston. Jo Walston is explaining the basic elements of a disaster kit to Glenda Parks.

"One of the things they recommend you do is make copies of your important papers and then have it in this document bag. Passport, medical records, insurance, home ownership stuff..."

Ms. Parks was doing her morning shopping and saw the Ready or Not booth outside the store. She says she doesn't have any sort of emergency plan or disaster kit.

"And it makes me afraid when I see all this. I think oh I haven't started anything and I should have done it months ago before hurricane season."

[Reporter]"So do you plan to go home and put some things together?"

"Yes, I do. And I have a mother-in-law that's 87 and she's on oxygen and we need to prepare something especially for her."

And that's exactly the conclusion state officials are hoping people come to. Despite the ongoing message that people need to be ready for an emergency, most people simply don't prepare. But the Ready or Not! campaign is working to change that mentality. You can find out more about how to prepare for a disaster by visiting our website, Laurie Johnson, Houston Public Radio News.


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