Being Prepared Starts with You!September is National Preparedness Month. Your entire family should be prepared in the event of a disaster or emergency. Personal preparedness starts with four simple steps: Get an Emergency Kit, Make an Emergency Plan, Be Informed, and Get Involved.
Get an Emergency Kit
If a disaster strikes your community, you may not have access to food, water, or electricity for an extended period of time. Taking time to prepare emergency water, food, and disaster supplies can ensure that you can provide for your entire family in an emergency. Review the items recommended for a disaster supply kit, or print the Homeland Security Emergency Supply checklist.
Make an Emergency Plan
Make plans with your family and friends in case you are not together during an emergency. You should discuss how you will contact each other, where you will meet, and what you will do in different situations. You should also ask about planning at your workplace and your child’s school or daycare center. Your plans should address the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs, and safely shutting off utilities. Read how to develop a family disaster plan or fill out the Homeland Security Family Emergency Plan.
Stay informed. Check all types of media – internet, newspapers, radio, television, mobile and land phones – for global, national, and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management office will provide information on things like open shelters and evacuation orders.
Knowing what to do before, during, and after an emergency is an important part of being prepared and can make all the difference when seconds count.
Explore taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders. Homeland Security promotes emergency preparedness all year round via the Ready America campaign. Checklists, brochures, and videos are available online and by phone (1-800-BE-READY).
Learn more about how to "shelter-in-place."