PREPARE AND BE READY
Your family may not be together when an emergency happens, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations. You can download a family emergency plan template form by clicking
You may need to survive on your own after an emergency. This means having your own food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least three days. Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone immediately. You could get help in hours, or it might take days. In addition, basic services such as electricity, gas, water, sewage treatment, and telephones may be cut off for days, or even a week or longer. To find a complete checklist of the supplies your household may need in the event of an emergency, click
Learn about the hazards that may strike your community, the risk you face from these hazards, and your community’s plan for warning and evacuation. You can obtain this information by visiting:
You can visit
to find more information on CERT Teams, Fire Corp programs, Volunteers in Police Service, Medical Reserve Corp and many other opportunities. Ask them what you can do to prepare and train yourself and your community for disasters and how to get involved locally.