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Red Cross urges to have disaster kit ready for Sunday's storm

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With the chance of freezing rain and ice in our forecast that means the possibility of power outages. With the chance of freezing rain and ice in our forecast that means the possibility of power outages.
Liz Pratt Liz Pratt

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – With the chance of freezing rain and ice in our forecast that means the possibility of power outages. At home it's a good idea to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

Once again this winter season Kentuckiana is bracing for impact. "Right now we are continuing to communicate, to monitor, and to prepare for the storm and however it may impact our region as it moves in," said Liz Pratt, LG&E spokesperson. 

With the possibility of rain, sleet, snow and ice LG&E is ready to tackle a busy night if needed. 

"We've been communicating with our crews, we've got our crews on standby, we've been talking to our business partners and we are really mobilizing so as the event moves in we're going to be prepared to respond," said Pratt. 

Over at the American Red Cross families are encouraged to be proactive. "It's really important for families to create an emergency preparedness plan," said Anna Rosales- Crone, American Red Cross Louisville Chapter. 

Part of that plan is making sure you have necessary items together. If the power should go out at your home you may have to shelter in place, like what we saw during the 2009 ice storm. 

"Anything they can put in their kit that might help keep them warm we definitely encourage to go ahead and grab that and put it in a place that's accessible," said Rosales-Crone.

It's also a good idea to have non perishable food, water, a flashlight with extra batteries and even some activities for the kids like puzzles and games. 

The Red Cross says they are already rounding up volunteers should shelters have to be set up.

"We've already been in contact with our partners at emergency management as well as our shelter partners around the area to see whether or not they will be able to open should something big happen on Sunday," said Rosales-Crone.

As all agencies prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

As for the roads, crews are not able to brine the streets because rain is likely to come in first. Both state and local road crews have their trucks ready to hit the roadways Sunday as needed.

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