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Dec 27, 2012 7:09 PM by Andy Koen

Emergency managers urge preparation before storms

COLORADO SPRINGS - In light of the recent winter storms, emergency managers in Colorado Springs are encouraging everyone to take the necessary steps to stay safe.

Ken Hughlett, the Emergency Management Coordinator for the Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management says blizzards and snow storms can be life threatening if you're caught by surprise.

He says to plan ahead and keep a charged cell phone, food, and other emergency items on hand when the severe weather hits.

"Stay home where you're nice and warm, make sure you have your food, make sure you have your 72 hour kit with plenty of water, food and medicine," Hughlett said. "One thing we see people forget is they need their medicine on a daily basis so they need to have enough for several days."

Other suggestions include keeping a shovel, map and warm clothing in the car. The Office of Emergency Management has created a comprehensive Preparedness Guide to help with creating those 72-hour kits. Click here to download the guide.

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