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Time to plan is before siren sounds

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OUR OPINION

The tornado that swept through Crittenden on March 2 should teach us all that an emergency plan is a must-have for every family.
Grant County Emergency Management Director Rick Willoby made an excellent point in his observations on storm preparedness.
“You can’t wait until a siren blows to get a plan,” Willoby said. See related story in this issue.
He urged residents to prepare a “go-bag,” meaning one that you can grab and go in a moment’s notice.
The bag should contain a flashlight, extra batteries, a weather radio, bottles of water, an extra change of clothes, copies of identification and critical information, including prescriptions and family contacts.
Free weather radios are also available to Grant County residents. The Grant County Fiscal Court received a federal grant in 2010 totaling $217,333 to purchase these radios. If you haven’t picked one up, you can get them at the Grant County Judge-Executive’s Office at the courthouse in Williamstown or at any of the five firehouses in the county.
A reverse 911 system has also been in place in the community since 2009. Anyone with a home phone (landline) is automatically entered into the system and will receive a phone call anytime there is a tornado warning for Grant County or weather forecasters have issued a tornado watch with a thunderstorm warning.
For Grant County residents wanting notification by cell phone or by e-mail, they must register their information with the county. To do this call Vanessa Rose at 859-823-2345.
Willoby hit the nail on the head when he said there’s no excuse for no plan and with weather in Kentucky as unpredictable as it is, don’t put it off.