Emergencies can strike at any time. Preparedness is everyone's job. People must be ready to act on their own. Start today to prepare for an emergency.
Make an emergency plan
One of the most important steps you can take in preparing for emergencies is to develop a family emergency plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important for all family members to understand the plan.
Visit the Ready.gov website for steps to take when creating a plan for your family.
More steps you can take
Make an emergency kit
A surge in demand for emergency services during a disaster or disease outbreaks may require you to survive on your own for several days. Having an emergency supply kit that includes water, food and other emergency supplies can help keep your family comfortable or save your life.
Visit the Ready.gov website for a detailed list of items to include in your emergency kit. The site also includes a printable list you can bring to the store, and items specific to pets, seniors, and other unique groups.
Storage: Store the emergency supply kit in a convenient location so that is can be brought with you in the event of an evacuation or into your shelter location. Be sure family members know the shelter location and where the kit is kept in the shelter.
Check and refresh the kit: Twice a year you should check and refresh your emergency supply kit. When you change your clocks at the beginning and end of Daylights Savings Time is a good reminder to check your supplies.
Plan for your pets
Your family should know how you would deal with your pets in an emergency. Take steps now to prepare for your pets' safety.
Visit the Ready.gov Pets and Animals page for tips on making an emergency plan for your pets and other household animals.