We cannot predict when disasters or emergencies will strike. But we can work to make sure that all households, businesses, and communities are prepared. Ideally, everyone should be prepared and have emergency resources available in the event of a disaster. Being prepared may sound like an overwhelming task, but it doesn't have to be. Follow three steps to get started: Make a Kit, Make a Plan, and Stay Informed.
A disaster-supply kit should provide a collection of basic items that household members may need in the event of a disaster. A disaster-supply kit can be used in your home if there is an extended power outage or it could be used if you have to leave your home and go to a shelter. During an emergency, you will probably not have time to shop or search for the items you need.
Start getting your kit together today! Download our Disaster-Supply Kit Checklist to help get you started.
Once you have gathered all of your disaster kit supplies, it is important to store them properly so they are safe to use when you need them. Here are some tips to help keep your supplies safe and ready to use:
Emergency plans can help to make sure you keep in contact with important family and friends.
To help you and your family stay in touch with one another during an emergency or disaster, download and fill out our Family Emergency Communications Plan. Make sure that every family member has a copy of the plan and is familiar with the emergency contact information and the meeting location destinations.
Reliable, accurate information is an essential resource before, during, and after an emergency or disaster.