When the tornado sirens sound, are you prepared to face a storm? Or if your house is on fire, are you prepared to evacuate? Would you be prepared to not only survive the damage, but also ease the process of recovery?

Plan to attend the free Extension program Disaster Preparedness for Home, Family and Furry Friends at noon Sept. 14 at the Hays Office of the Cottonwood Extension District, 601 Main. Pre-register by calling the Hays office, (785) 628-9430, to ensure adequate materials. Presenters are Linda Beech and Alicia Boor, Cottonwood District agents.

Many have taken some steps to protect home and families from emergencies. But do you have a plan for your pets? And what about your financial emergency preparedness — would you have the records and documents needed to recover your losses if your home was damaged or destroyed?

Disasters are unpredictable and devastating to lives and property. Instead of just hoping to avoid a disaster, it is important to put some time and attention into preparing for the possibility. The program is part of the Prepare Kansas campaign in September from K-State Research and Extension.