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Governor Blunt Extends Disaster Response and Relief

If you are still recovering from the recent tornadoes and flooding, you now have more time to get help cleaning up. Governor Matt Blunt has extended disaster relief efforts. KSMU's Kristian Kriner reports.

Many residents and businesses are still recovering from the natural disasters that struck the Ozarks in the past six months.

Governor Matt Blunt signed an executive order to enhance local disaster response and relief until August 11th.

He is also encouraging families to be prepared for future natural disasters.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services created "Ready in Three" a three step program to help families prepare for a natural disaster.

Jaci McReynolds is the public information administrator for the Springfield Greene County Health Department.

She says the first step is to create a plan, so your family will know what to do in an emergency.

"We also encourage people to practice their plan, because your plan may appear to be very good on paper, but when you actually put it into practice you may found out there are some weaknesses there," McReynolds said.

McReynolds says the second step is to prepare a kit of things you may need if you are without power or if response teams can't get to you.

Mary Kay Hager is the public information administrator for the Department of Health and Senior Services.

She says there are several things you need to include in your kit to stay alive in an emergency.

"That includes like water and canned or dried foods, battery powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries for the radio and flashlight, prescription medicine and a first aid kit as well as any other items you would need for your family," Hager said.

The third step is to listen for information from local officials, so you know where to go and what to do during an emergency.

Hager says people need to remember to stay calm in an emergency.

"One of the most important things to remember in an emergency is to stay calm. And by having a plan in place and a kit prepared it will help you greatly to stay calmer during an emergency," Hager said.

She says if families follow the "Ready in Three" program they will be better prepared when natural disasters strike.

For KSMU News, I'm Kristian Kriner.