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Experts: Map out emergency readiness plan

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MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Safety experts said there are a number of steps people can take to stay safe in light of the Boston bombings on Monday.

"Something like a two-way radio is good to have," said Don Carpenter who works at TruPrep, a survival store in Marietta. 

"These don't depend on a tower. They don't depend on anything except you having batteries charged up and having somebody on the other end that can pick it up." 

He also suggested purchasing small emergency medical kits that can help a victim until rescue crews arrive.

"Is it something that you need every day?  No," said Carpenter.  "Is it something that when you need it, you really, really need it?  Absolutely." 

Ready Georgia, an arm of Georgia's Emergency Management Agency, suggests everyone map out an emergency gameplan in advance.

The agency has worksheets so one can write down who to contact and where to meet in the event of an emergency.

"I just took my son to Washington DC last week and I told him, if we get separated for any reason, this is the type of gentleman you need to go find, and it was a police officer," said Stacy Bowman of Hiram.  "You can tell him who you are and who your mom is."

However, some said when it comes to safety, people often become complacent as time goes on.

"To be honest, we probably wouldn't do anything," said April Barr of Marietta.  "We would think about it and then it's one of those things, it just never happens until it hits really close to home."  

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