Woldt advises storm kit preparedness, talks about what to do when siren goes off

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People are advised to prepare disaster supply kits before the Severe Weather Season begins.

Dawson County Emergency Manager Brian Woldt says have a home kit that can last three days.

"At your home, ideally you need to have a kit that's ready for self so you can be self sufficient for 72 hours. Not that out here in rural Nebraska it would take 72 hours for a emergency responder of some sort to reach you, to help rescue you, but that's the standard."

Woldt says included in the kit can be water, canned food, canned juice, extra pet food and diaper formula.

Woldt says include the basic necessities in vehicle kits.

"Recommend in your vehicle to have supplies so if you're stranded in your vehicle, trapped, and you got trees down in front of you, power lines down behind you, you can't get out of where you're at. That you have some kind of food, water."

Woldt says calling on cell phones may not work after a storm unless there's a back up generator at the tower. However, texting seems to work, according to Woldt.

He also advises people to have first aid kits and flashlights in their vehicles.

Woldt has advice for what to do when an outdoor warning siren goes off. He says go inside and listen for what's happening.

"If you hear them go off that is advising you to go inside and listen to your local radio station KRVN, weather radio if you have a weather radio."

Woldt says sirens are normally only blown during a tornado, but could be blown during a chemical spill.

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