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Emergency specialists help East Texans prepare for hurricanes

Emergency specialists give Cynthia Howard an emergency document bag. Emergency specialists give Cynthia Howard an emergency document bag.
Evan Castillo, emergency specialist, talks to locals about the importance of preparing now. Evan Castillo, emergency specialist, talks to locals about the importance of preparing now.
Emergency specialists say it's vital to have an emergency check list. Emergency specialists say it's vital to have an emergency check list.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – While Hurricane Bonnie isn't a threat to East Texas, emergency specialists are still urging you to prepare for disaster.

Cynthia Howard remembers how chaotic life became for some Hurricane Katrina evacuees. She housed 21 of them.

"Some of them didn't even have I.D.'s or anything so to be prepared for the emergency or even to be semi-prepared is really, really good and I think this is a wonderful idea," she said.

Sunday morning, emergency preparedness specialists passed out waterproof bags filled with a checklist in case disaster strikes.

"We're just trying to get people prepared, start thinking about being prepared for an emergency, such as a hurricane," said Evan Castillo, an emergency specialist.

Castillo said you should fill the bag with vital information-- like your I.D., personal and medical documents and emergency contact phone numbers. Howard knows first hand how important this information is.

"This truly could happen and I do have a way in order to be more prepared, in order to secure my documents, have them in one place and to be able to grab that and go and know that I've got at least everything that I need," said Howard.

Castillo and other specialists will travel through 15 cities, educating people like Howard how to prepare for the unthinkable.

"If you don't get prepared there's a very good chance it will be too late by that point, so getting prepared now is very, very important," said Castillo.

A little time spent now, could spare Cynthia Howard from enduring another "Katrina".

Emergency specialists will be in Tyler Monday. Specialists urge you to have a plan if disaster should strike.

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