Disaster Preparedness

Our goal is to equip individuals, communities, and organizations with action-based safety guidance before and during a disaster or emergency, and urge them to understand local plans and protocols including alerts, warnings, evacuation, and sheltering.

Know Your Hazards

In each Hazard Section, you can find a "playbook" with emergency plans, disaster drills and exercises, child safety, and more

Getting Ready Before Disaster Strikes

Make a Plan – Visit FEMA’s Ready.gov site and find out how to make a family emergency plan before an emergency occurs. Make sure that the family has a designated gathering point where they meet in case of emergency and that everyone has access to a list of cell phone, work, or school numbers to contact other members away from home.

Power Up -- Keep a stock of flashlights with fresh batteries in the event of a power failure. Battery-powered chargers can come in handy for cell phones to keep the lines of communication open in an emergency. And if you have a backup power generator, make sure it is serviced regularly so it will be ready when you need it.

Water Works – You will need a gallon of water per person per day when access to clean water is limited. Try to have a three-day supply stored and available.

Stay Informed – Have a battery-powered radio handy to get news alerts when the power goes out. Smartphone users can also download radio apps to keep abreast of local news. FEMA has a great list of resources with hints on how you can use your tech to stay informed in an emergency.

Stock Up –Make your own disaster supplies kit that will keep your family set for a few days in the event of an emergency. Visit Ready.gov to find a list of items you will need to make a kit.


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