While Alabama was spared the wrath of Hurricane Isaac, many of our friends in states to the west were not and are now having to deal with power outages, flooding and a massive rebuilding project. But just because Isaac passed us by is no reason to let your guard down. September is National Preparedness Month, a time when every individual, family and business should take some time to make sure they have a plan in case of natural or manmade disaster. The most important part of any preparedness plan is creating and maintaining an emergency kit. Many Alabamians created kits following the April 27th tornadoes, but a kit that isn't regularly updated can do more harm than good. Medicines and batteries expire, and items are sometimes borrowed and never returned. If you have a kit, check it regularly and replace old, expired items. If you don't have a kit, make one now. Serve Alabama has a great website that tells you everything your kit should contain, as well as other important tips for disaster preparedness. You'll find a link to it in the My Take section of waff.com. Take a few moments to read it over and get your family prepared. I'm Vanessa Oubre and that's my take. What's yours?
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