Getting prepared is as simple as these 3 steps:
Step 1: Buy emergency supplies for you, your family, and your pets
Step 2: Make an emergency plan
Step 3: Get informed
In the event of a disaster, you cannot rely on government or outside aide for longer periods of time. You need to be self-sufficient and provide the essential supplies for yourself and your family in the aftermath of a disaster. FEMA recommends that you have a minimum of 3-days supply of emergency food and water. We strongly recommend between 7-14 days of emergency food and water as a minimum. After hurricane Katrina, there were many people who didn't see any form of government aide for as long as a month!
There are many things you need to prepare for before a disaster happens. From travel and commuting plans, to communicating with out-of-state contacts to having a fire escape plan, gather your family together and make sure everyone knows what to do before, during and after any disaster. Visit Preparedness Resources (http://www.yoursafetyplace.com/infocenter) for information to help you prepare. We recommend the Preparedness Checklist & Assessment Guide to see how prepared (or not) you are and what you might still need for supplies.
You now have supplies and a plan but you need to get updates before and after a disaster. Connect via social media to your local and county Fire, EMS, Police or OEM (Office of Emergency Services) as many communicate critical disaster updates. Many also share information about preparedness tips, events and upcoming workshops in your local area. Check out Preparedness Resources for quick access to informational websites on preparedness and survival.
Go to your local school and make sure that they have prepared themselves to provide for your children. Does your place of employment have any disaster preparedness plans? If you don’t know, ask. Everything you can do now to prepare before disaster strikes will help make you and your family, friends and neighbors as ready as you can be to keep you safer.