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David Phelps reviews the contents of his own portable emergency kit, which he keeps in his truck at all times in case he needs to help respond to a disaster. Phelps is a member of Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), a group which is trying to help prepare an organized volunteer force to respond to potential disasters in the area.

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Group works to ensure area residents are prepared for disaster, response

It may sound dramatic, but in an emergency situation, being prepared can mean the difference between life and death.

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