Pima County officials promote disaster preparedness

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Pima County officials took the occasion of the September 11 10-year anniversary to remind people it's important to be prepared for whenever disaster strikes.  So the question is, are you prepared?

If you were told to evacuate your home in the next five minutes?  What would you do?  Where would you go?  What would you take?

Thirty percent of folks in Pima County don't know the answer to those questions.  And county officials say they should.

"We kind of get complacent because we dont have a whole lot of emergencies; therefore, we feel like we don't need a plan because, 'It's not going to happen in my community.'"

September is national preparedness month.  This year it's even more important, as the nation marks the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

"It's something we've been discussing for a while now and especially it's something we're thinking about with what's been going on in recent times."

Officials say it's important to have a plan and a 72 hour kit.  With the obvious essentials, like food, water and medication, some batteries, a radio, even a flashlight wouldn't hurt.

Don't forget a cell phone, important travel documents and even things to keep the kids entertained.

More information can be found at http://www.ready.gov/.