National Preparedness Month

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UNDATED--With another tough fall and winter probably ahead, a disaster expert and meteorologist at the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it's time to get your home ready to survive floods, earthquakes, blizzards, and windstorms. Cheryl Nelson says it's good to have a portable generator, but you must be careful with it.

"Never run your generator indoors, in a garage, or a basement or a crawl space, or a shed. You always want to have your generator running outside."

Nelson says you should also have things like bottled water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, a NOAA weather radio, a regular radio, flashlights, batteries and a portable battery charger. Nelson is currently working with the Portable Generator Association and Batteries Plus Bulbs right now on a disaster preparedness campaign.

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