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Red Cross touts being prepared for emergencies

May 23, 2014

Seventh-graders Alison Niemeyer, left, and Katie Ronan listen as Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Bill Steinbrunner talks about emergency preparedness during a presentation Thursday at Wapakoneta Middle School. (Staff photo/John Bush)

Emergency preparedness was the topic of conversation during a presentation by Red Cross Community Chapter Executive Bill Steinbrunner Thursday at Wapakoneta Middle School.

Seventh-graders gathered in Karen Quatman’s classroom throughout the day to hear Steinbrunner explain how to prepare in the case of a natural disaster.

“It’s all about being prepared — thinking about what you need to get you through an emergency and actually putting it all together in one place,” Steinbrunner said.

The presentation tied into the theme of a fictional book the students recently finished reading for their language arts classes. The novel, called “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Pfeffer, is about a family who must survive a global disaster caused by an asteroid crashing into the moon.

Steinbrunner told students that having a large emergency kit that can be accessed easily is the best way to prepare for a disaster. He said most people have all the necessary supplies scattered throughout their homes, it’s just a matter of putting them all together in the same place.

For the full story, see the Friday, May 23 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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