Family Emergency Preparedness Is Easy As 1-2-3: Get A Kit. Make A Plan. Stay Informed.

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September 7, 2010
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- After the record-setting storms and floods in the spring, Tennesseans showed their determination and ability to respond after a disaster. Now is the time to respond before a disaster by being prepared.

“Tennessee’s ability to recover is greater if people are sufficiently prepared,” said James Bassham, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). “That means, among other things, having a plan in place before an emergency situation occurs.”

Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count. Preparedness can reduce fear and anxiety as well as reduce losses. Simple steps can make a big difference in ensuring the safety and well-being of loved ones.

“We encourage everyone to ensure their family is ready in the event of another disaster,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Gracia Szczech. “While creating a family preparedness plan involves a little time, it is an easy process that can save lives.”

The website breaks down the process for preparing for any emergency into three easy steps:

  1. Get a kit. Have enough food, water and essential supplies to last three days. Include medicine, copies of prescriptions, flashlights, extra batteries, blankets, first aid supplies, personal hygiene items, appropriate seasonal clothing, cash, a battery operated or crank radio, a weather radio, cell phones and chargers, important documents, and other supplies your family may need.
  2. Make a plan. Decide how your family members should contact each other if you’re apart when the disaster occurs, where you will go if you need to leave home, and where you will gather inside the home (e.g., a safe room or basement). Establish an out-of-town contact. It’s also a good idea to have a list of important phone numbers (family, schools, care providers, doctors, insurance agents, employers, etc.). Practice your plan.
  3. Stay informed. Learn about disasters that could occur where you live (tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, etc.) and how to prepare for them. Preparedness should account for all types of disasters – both natural and man-made.

In addition to providing help developing an emergency plan, the website is

multi-lingual and also features:

  • An interactive “Ready Kids” section with games and information for children;
  • Information for special groups such as older Americans, people with disabilities, military families and pet owners;
  • A locator to learn about emergency plans that have been established by state and local governments; and
  • Online emergency-preparedness tools.

Follow the recovery in Tennessee online at,,, and

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA and TEMA do not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

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