September is natural disaster prepardness month

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Natural disaster can stike in the blink of an eye as we’ve seen in recent weeks.

Thousands were evacuated in California due to wildfires, thousands more in Louisiana unable to go home due severe flooding. Western Massachusetts has seen it’s fair share of natural disasters and severe weather as well.

Experts suggest that before there’s a natural disaster you should pack an emergency kit. It should include water, food and any medication you may need for at least 72 hours. Other things to include should be clothing, a radio, a flashlight and batteries.

National Weather Service confirms tornado hit Concord

“The most important thing to do is to be prepared and maintain situational awareness if you anticipate a weather event that’s going to be coming up in the next few days, it’s important for people to watch the news, watch advisories to determine the level of severity and determine if they need to evacuate and make sure that they follow evacuation orders if public officials make them.”

It’s also important to create a family emergency communication plan in case family members are separated from each other.

Currently we are in the middle of hurricane season which will run through November 30th.

Tornado vs. microburst: How to tell the difference

Tropical / Hurricane Tracker

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