In light of disastrous flooding in the state of Colorado, YNN's Geoff Redick spoke with local emergency preparedness officials about being ready for a flood.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- It was hard to miss the American Red Cross table at Saturday's Sheridan Avenue Block Party, with its bright red tablecloth and energetic employees. However, hundreds of party-goers walked right by table.
The block party comes at the same time as disastrous flooding has torn apart communities in the state of Colorado. The extreme weather has resulted in videos and pictures eerily similar to the past few years in Eastern New York. Devastating floods have ripped through Schoharie, Mohawk, and most recently Fort Plain.
"In Fort Plain...some people just had two minutes to get upstairs or to find higher ground," recalls Julie Palarto, a Red Cross preparedness associate who worked for weeks after the early July flood. "It can be that fast. Sometimes you know it's coming, and sometimes you don't."
Whether or not you live in a flood-prone area, every household should be prepared for unforeseen disaster, according to Palarto. That means having your important documents in an easily accessible place, and keeping ample supplies of food and water on hand.
"And you don't have to worry about grabbing your purse, or your wallet," said Palarto. "You can just have it ready and know in the back of your mind that if something happens, 'I'm ready to go.'"
September is National Preparedness Month, sponsored by FEMA. The Red Cross has a wealth of preparedness information available on its website at redcross.org. There are also iPhone and Android phone applications dealing with disaster preparedness. Search "Red Cross" in your phone's application download program.