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Practical Ways of Becoming Prepared for Any Disaster

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September 28, 2010
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NEW BERLIN, Wis. -- September is National Preparedness Month.  Now is the best time to begin the process or revisit the steps you may have already taken to be ready for any disaster.

FEMA’s Ready Campaign has developed plans that families can use to become more resilient when faced with a disaster affecting their homes.

When preparing your home, the Ready Campaign recommends you take three steps (1) Get an Emergency Kit, (2) Make a Family Emergency Plan, and (3) Be informed about the risks in your area and their appropriate responses.

To prepare at home, you should:

  • Have a sufficient quantity of food, water, and other supplies to last you and your family for at least three days.  Your kit should also include a first-aid kit, flashlight, and other unique family needs.
  • Practice home escape routes and communications plan with attention to elderly or disabled family members and pets.
  • Identify a point of contact who can communicate amongst separated family members. During an emergency, it may be easier to make a long distance phone call than across town, so an out of town contact may be best.
  • Learn what the common disasters and action plans are for your town or city.

 Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and how to respond to them by visiting

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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