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Are you ready for an emergency? Take the Red Cross survey to find out

In an emergency, the Red Cross says 29 percent of us wouldn’t know where to go or how to evacuate. Local emergency officials are now forming a new strategy to make sure Central New Yorkers are ready, should a disaster strike.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- In an emergency, the Red Cross says 29 percent of us wouldn’t know where to go or how to evacuate.

Local emergency officials are now forming a new strategy to make sure Central New Yorkers are ready, should a disaster strike.

“We know that disasters happen here. It’s not time to be complacent anymore,” said Rosie Taravella with the CNY Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The Red Cross says natural disasters are on the rise. Nearly 21 million people have been impacted in the last decade. That’s five times the number compared to the 10 years before. Lessons learned from them are encouraging emergency officials to take new action by developing a community resilience strategy.

The Red Cross says only about 42 percent of Americans are prepared for a natural disaster, and most of them are prepared because they've already been through one.

CNYPrepare.org was launched by the Red Cross and other emergency officials on Thursday. At the site you’ll find a short survey asking questions like: Who would you call in the event of an emergency? And, do you have enough food and water to last a few days?

The Red Cross wants us all to take the survey.

“This partnership will help us assess how our citizens are prepared, what things we can do to help them better prepare and then begin to build on some training and community support organizations that can help in times of disaster,” explained Kevin Wisely, Commissioner of Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management.

National Grid has donated $150,000 to help launch the program.
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