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Disaster Preparedness Ideas


One can never be too prepared! make an effort to protect, and prepare, yourself for the future. Small steps taken now can make a big difference later.

Make an emergency plan with your family

Point out exit routes, set meeting areas, and run drills.

Create emergency "Go" kits

Fill a container with goods that can last you for up to 72 hours. Add first aid kits, flashlights, food, water, and tools.

Maintain a line of communication

Keep a list of emergency contact numbers, keep calls brief, and register your phone with local authorities for reverse 9-1-1 features.

Keep a list of allergies and medications with you

If you are ever injured, keeping a list of allergies and medications can help responders address your needs without the risk of harming you in the process.

Microchip your pet

Put their photos on your phone, or make an emergency kit for the animals you love. 

Teach someone you love how to text

Or learn to text if you don't know how. It's a great emergency tool. 

2017 National Seasonal Preparedness


The Federal Emergency Management Agency has prepared the 2017 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar & key messages which provide you with content to promote preparedness all year. 

Download the Ready 2017 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar (PDF)
Download the Ready 2017 National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar (JPEG)

General Preparedness

  • Make a family emergency communication plan and include your pets.
  • Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends.
  • Check on neighbors.
  • Keep an emergency kit wherever you spend time: home, car, work etc.
  • Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action.
  • Practice your preparedness plans with a drill or exercise.
  • Take a first aid class so you can help until first responders arrive.

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