“Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.”

In an emergency, you must be able to care for yourself and your family. Gather enough emergency food, water and supplies for each individual in your household to last you for at least 14 days.

Sept. 27, 2017

Natural or manmade disasters and emergencies can happen at any time. Disasters don’t plan ahead, but you can. As we near the end of National Preparedness Month, take time to learn about different types of emergencies and how to plan for them for yourself, your family and your home.

“Ready” is a National public service campaign designed to educate, empower and get people to prepare for natural and manmade disasters, and emergencies that could happen where we live, work or visit. This year’s theme is focused on emphasizing the importance of creating an emergency plan.

Preparing for an emergency can be as simple as having a conversation with family and friends over dinner. Discuss what types of disasters could affect your area, how to contact each other if separated, and establish a meeting place. Once a plan is in place, remember to practice with your family! Include your pets-as well so they are familiar and comfortable if the need to evacuate arises.

In preparing your plan, you should also discuss your household’s specific needs. In an emergency, you must be able to care for yourself and your family. Gather enough emergency food, water and supplies for each individual in your household to last you for at least 14 days. Be sure to identify other essential items like dietary and medical needs and remember to include your pet’s needs, too! Download a copy of our Handbook for Emergency Preparedness for specific tips and checklists, and watch to learn more about the items that you can include in your disaster or emergency kits.

Over the past several years, we’ve seen an increase in the intensity of storms and their impact here and across the nation. Being prepared for these natural threats is the smartest thing you can do for yourself and your family. Visit the Ready website to learn more about how you can #PlanAhead and prepare for a disaster: https://www.ready.gov/.