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Tech Talk-Preparing to Prepare

Do you have a plan?
        Most of us, according to a FEMA study -- are just not prepared.
        Less than one-half of Americans talk about what steps to take in the event of a natural disaster.
        That's why FEMA is promoting a bevy of new online tools and tips.  Its what they call having your "Interactive Emergency Kit."
        It includes :
        Downloading and bookmarking apps and websites ahead of time, since cell phones are usually unreliable in emergency situations -- because towers overload.
        Online, step-by-step guidelines for how to prepare your family, including drills and emergency routes.
        And a new app that essentially turns you into a real-time reporter in the event of an emergency.  When a disaster strikes, they want you to take a picture of it and upload it.  FEMA will then put it on a public map.
 FEMA also says practice makes perfect.
        They recommend preparing your family ahead of time by actually doing a dry run -- acting out a real emergency.
        And it can make a huge difference.
        FEMA says people who participated in training were 86 percent more likely to take these actions when they actually needed it.

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