Being prepared for the various types of disasters is one of the best ways to ensure the safety of your family, friends, and community. Some steps that individuals can take to be more prepared involve have a plan, have a disaster kit, and educate yourself on the various types of disaster that are likely in your community.
A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Water, food, and clean air are important things to have if an emergency happens. Each family or individual’s kit should be customized to meet specific needs, such as medications and infant formula. It should also be customized to include important family documents.
When a disaster strikes it is important to plan in advance: how you will get to a safe place; how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations.
Severe weather is the most common risk in most communities. You can take steps to prepare for when severe weather strikes in your area. Knowing the most common weather hazards in your area, your vulnerability, and what actions you should take can save your life and others. Use the menu to the left to learn more about specific events.