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Expert advises how families can be ready for disasters

Chris DunhamPlanning is the key to help families get through a disaster, says Chris Dunham, Upstate‘s director of emergency management. Develop a plan, have it ready to go and have basic supplies available, he advises, noting that in Central New York, severe weather is the most likely emergency. He touches on what will be needed if roads are impassible or the power goes out – everything from food and water to having a contact person for family members separated by the disaster. He also outlines how Upstate University Hospital prepares for emergencies. (Click here for brochures from the federal government on emergency planning.)