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Mid-Michigan prepares for emergencies

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They say you can never be too prepared. That's the idea behind the Great Lakes Emergency Preparedness Expo.

“People always assume it'll never happen to me, or people will always be there to help,” said Kyle MacNall, director of the expo, “That's not always true.”

From generators in case the power goes out, to learning life-saving emergency procedures, visitors to the expo left the Dort Federal Event Center feeling a little more ready for whatever life throws at them. With Hurricane Matthew wreaking havoc in the Southeast, it emphasizes preparedness even more. Even though we might not have hurricanes here in Michigan, there are still other natural disasters to be ready for.

“We're not going to have to worry about a hurricane, but we do have tornadoes, floods blizzards where you're locked in your home for a long time,” said MacNall, “So having a backup generator or sustainable food if you can't get to the actual stores is a good idea.”

The expo prepared people for more than natural disasters, but also man-made ones, like the Flint Water Crisis.

“Unfortunately, a lot of people didn’t think of it and weren’t prepared for it, obviously,” said MacNall, “We have water filtration systems, whole house systems, or rain water barrels so you don't have to worry about the city water supply.”

 Instructors also taught classes on things ranging from hands only CPR to what to put in an emergency kit.   

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