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T.A.S.C.O. Tip: If a tornado is heading straight for your town or a massive blackout occurs, it's too late to plan a good response for you and your family. Recent disasters like Hurricane Katrina, the Cedar Rapids flood and earthquakes around the world have raised awareness of the need to review home safety information.
First and foremost, do your research. Home safety tips can be found on local emergency management agency websites. Also, be prepared; store home safety products in an easily accessible area. Be sure to include items such as an emergency radio, water, food, extra blankets, pet carriers, first-aid supplies, medications and personal documents.
Finally, educate yourself about the warning signs of particular disasters that can happen in your area, and don't wait for an official evacuation announcement to be made. You are likely to delay reaching safety this way.