2. MAKE A PLAN - Prepare, plan and stay informed for emergencies.
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes so 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. Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
Ready.gov has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download the Family Emergency Plan (FEP) (PDF - 508 Kb) and fill out the sections before printing it or emailing it to your family and friends.
3. BUILD A KIT - Build a kit for disasters to be prepared.
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. This means having your own food, water and other supplies in sufficient quantity to last for at least 72 hours.
4. GET INVOLVED - Find opportunities to support community preparedness.
There are many ways to Get Involved especially before a disaster occurs. The whole community can participate in programs and activities to make their families, homes and communities safer from risks and threats. Community leaders agree the formula for ensuring a safer homeland consists of volunteers, a trained and informed public and increased support of emergency response agencies during disasters. Major disasters can overwhelm first responder agencies, empowering individuals to lend support.