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Disaster preparedness specialty store opens in Oklahoma

Acquiring proper equipment is one of the most effective ways for communities to prepare for emergencies, though purchasing the handiest items is not always convenient. A new store, Homestand Preparation Station, recently began selling supplies to help Oklahoma residents get ready for disasters, according to The Oklahoman.

The shop, located in Oklahoma City, is stocked with a diverse array of tools and gadgets for surviving crisis scenarios, such as first-aid kits, emergency radios and devices that can charge cell phone batteries using boiling water. Customers can also purchase fire-starter kits, emergency lights powered by solar energy and equipment for storing and purifying water.

"You can buy a lot of these products at different stores, but we wanted to be a one-stop shop for everything you need to ready yourself and your home," said Scott Harper, general manager at Homestand Preparation Station.

In addition to a variety of emergency preparedness products, the store will also offer courses to help community members build survival skills.

A number of local investors started the business after a series of tornadoes struck Oklahoma in May 2013.

Well-equipped citizens may find it easier to get through crisis situations, but officials can further improve preparedness by implementing emergency alert systems, such as Omnilert.

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