Preparedness encouraged during severe weather season

Omaha, NE – With severe weather season upon us, the American Red Cross encourages the public to put together preparedness kits and practice tornado safety.

Dena Howard is Director of Programs for the American Red Cross Heartland Chapter. She says last year's violent weather stretched the Chapter's resources. One lesson the Heartland Chapter learned during last year's weather, according to Howard, is that many people are unprepared for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes.

Howard says emergency preparedness kits should contain enough water to provide one gallon per day for each family member. She says that same rule applies for pets. Food should be ready-to-eat and nutritious.

Howard says families should also practice tornado drills and teach children the importance of taking cover when sirens sound.

This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.