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After Oklahoma tornado: Five steps to prepare for a natural disaster

In the wake of the May 20 tornado in Moore, Okla., it's important to review how best to be prepared for a natural disaster. Here are five action steps for personal preparedness from the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

By Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, May 21, 2013

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Lea Bessinger and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home May 21 in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods.

Charlie Riedel/AP

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1. Know your risks

Identify risks to you and your family at home, work, and school. Stay informed. Sign up for alerts and updates from local emergency management agencies.

The National Center for Disaster Preparedness has developed a tool called "The Preparedness Wizard" to enable you and your family to be fully prepared, based on your specific needs. Access the Preparedness Wizard here.

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