Take the Higher Ground Series: Investing in a Go-Kit

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:11am

The Cameron County Emergency Management Office says residents are too laid back when it comes to hurricane preparedness, Na'Tassia Finley has more in this weeks "Take the High Ground" series.

Cameron County Emergency Manager Humberto Barrera, "There are a lot of people out there that say, "I don't need to be ready because last year and the year before and the year before that, we didn't get hit with a storm. So I'm not going to invest in a Go-Kit."

The last hurricane that hit the Valley was in 2008, Hurricane Dolly. This year, a small number of storms are predicted, but Barrera says it just take one, "A complacent mindset when it comes to hurricanes is a very dangerous mindset that could be the difference between life and death for yourself or someone in your family."

A plan in place and again that Go-Kit is all you need to better your chances of surviving a potentially deadly natural disaster.

Humberto Barrera, "You don't have to have a complex plan. You don't have to go and spend a thousand dollars on a hurricane kit."

Barrera says picking up a few items here and there through out the year to build your hurricane or Go-Kit is one way to do it. Another way, is to set back money monthly and then buy all your supplies at the start of hurricane season, "When we do get hit with a storm and of course at some point we will get hit with a storm. There's going to be some people that perish for not being ready or there's going to be people that are just going to suffer a lot because they are not ready."

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