RHINELANDER - Even though you can't predict exactly when bad weather can turn dangerous, you can be prepared.
The School District of Rhinelander teamed up with a local entrepreneur to show you how.
They're hosting a weather readiness course at Rhinelander High School.
Greg MacMorran founded Disaster Awareness LLC with one mission, helping others.
Since it's Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness week, he focused his presentation on weather.
He wants people to realize disasters can happen any where, any time, any place.
"I don't think there's enough preparedness. I know homeland security is pushing it, Red Cross is pushing it, FEMA's pushing it," said MacMorran.
"We all need to work together as a community to be prepared."
But yesterday's attack in Boston showed us weather isn't the only threat.
MacMorran says there really isn't a way to prepare for situations like Boston, but there are ways to prevent it.
"The best way to do is be vigilant. And as homeland security always says, if you see something say something. If you see something suspicious like a bag or something like that, notify authorities right away."
He says Boston is known as a low or soft area.
What that means it's not a big city, but he wants people to know an attack could happen anywhere.
If you want to contact you MacMorran, you can reach him at 715-362-3541 or visit his Facebook page, Disaster Awareness, LLC.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments. "We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson. Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's. "We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent. The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants. "For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent. "We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth. Now Hanson's will only use sturdier and solid greenhouses so that collapses don't become a pattern.
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
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