Being Prepared at Home
Develop a Family Disaster Plan
In order to keep your family safe in an emergency, it is important to plan in advance what you will do.
Before an emergency strikes, have a plan in place. Review your immediate surroundings, and take note of whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places where you might be when a crisis happens. Ask about their emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. If they do not have an emergency plan, consider helping develop one.
Create a Disaster Plan
Meet with your family and talk about why you need to prepare for a disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather and earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
Remember, the best emergency plans are those with very few details.
Create and Complete a Checklist
Practice and Maintain Your Plan
Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit
Be prepared to use what you have on hand to make it on your own for at least three days, maybe longer. While there are many things that might make you more comfortable, think first about fresh water, food and clean air. Put together two kits. In one, put everything needed to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a portable version you can take with you if you have to get away.
Emergency Supply Kit Checklist
Portable Emergency Supply Kit
During an emergency, keep yourself informed in case you must take action. Listen for emergency instructions and updates on radio and television, and from agencies responding to the emergency, such as the fire department or Sheriff’s Office. If an action is called, such as evacuating an area, take that action seriously.
After an emergency, know that recovery assistance is available. Help is there for those affected by the emergency through personal loss, or for people who are simply having a hard time coping emotionally with the events.
For recovery assistance, visit www.disasterhelp.gov
Special Preparedness Resources from Ready.gov
Links to Retail Suppliers of Emergency Kits
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