In times of disasters, you have the responsibility to safeguard you and your family. During the first few hours or days following a disaster, essential services may not be available and emergency workers may be in short supply.
Depending on the severity, you must be ready to act on your own. If you educate yourself about these potential hazards, learn how to recognize them and plan for them, you can go a long way toward safeguarding yourself and your family.
Family Disaster and Communication Plan
Disasters can strike anytime. When it does, having a disaster plan can help.
Disaster Supplies Kit
After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will be on the scene, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. Your family will cope best by preparing for a disaster before it strikes. One way to prepare is by assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit. When a disaster hits, you don't have time to shop or search for supplies, but if you have gathered them in advance your family can endure an evacuation or home confinement.
Food and Water in an Emergency
If a disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water and electricity for days, or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food and water supplies, you can provide for your entire family. Read the food and water document to get more information on what you may need to sustain you and your family.
Our animals enrich our lives in more ways than we can count. In turn, they depend on us for their safety and well-being. Be prepared to protect your pets when disaster strikes.
Visit Ready.gov to find good information on how to develop a family disaster plan, create a disaster supply kit, communications plan with your family's important numbers, and many other helpful tips and information regarding different types of hazards.