A 2012 FEMA National Survey found that 46 percent of people surveyed believed that a natural disaster will happen where they live. However, nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise in the past two years.
Know Your Risks!
Knowing the area in which you live and what disasters are most likely to hit your area will help you better prepare.
Have a Plan!
Think about what you would do if a disaster struck near you.
- Where will you go?
- Should there be a meeting point?
- If you have a family, should everyone in your family have a specific role or duty?
- Do you have pets that you need to bring with you? If so, have you identified pet-friendly hotels or shelters?
- Is there anything of value that needs to be saved?
Build a Kit!
Now think about what you would need to carry out the plan you just made. In some cases, you may be forced to evacuate your home. The unfortunate truth is, in some cases most all of your belongings may be destroyed as a result of a disaster. Build an emergency kit that will help you survive.
Some items to consider for your emergency kit are, but not limited to:
- Water and non-perishable food, enough to support each member of the family for up to 72 hours/3 days.
- Battery operated radio and batteries so you can get important information from local officials, especially if there is a call for voluntary or mandatory evacuations. You will also want to know where they may be shelters.
- First aid kit
- Cash or traveler’s check and change
- Important documents such as proof of residence, pictures of your family including pets, insurance policies, bank account records, identification records and tax records in a waterproof, portable container.
- Comfortable clothing for each family member with at least one change of clothes
- Blankets and/or sleeping bags for each family member
- Unique family needs such as prescription medications, extra glasses, pet supplies, infant supplies or any other unique need your family may have.
For a full list of items and other valuable information on preparing your family for an emergency please visit www.Ready.gov.