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5 Things You Don't Know About Disasters

Jess Baker
Published: June 26, 2013

3. You Save Lives by Checking on Neighbors

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Jami Walters gives a hug to her friend Kriket Krekemeyer as volunteers clear debris from Krekemeyer's home which was destroyed by the tornado in Moore, Okla.

"Just checking on a neighbor will save more lives than just about anything else we can do collectively," he says.

Fugate says if you and your family have safely made it through a disaster, your next move should be checking on someone else.

"We've seen this in heat waves. We've seen this in freezes. Just checking on somebody saves lives," Fugate says. "The fastest response is always going to be neighbor helping neighbor."

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