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Personal Preparedness

Gather Emergency Supplies

If a disaster strikes in your community, access to food, water, or electricity may be unavailable or limited for several days or weeks. You may think you have time to run to the store for supplies and groceries, however, stores sell out of supplies following emergency warnings or actual emergencies. Unfortunately, about half of adults in the U.S. do not have the resources and plans in place for a possible emergency.  Preparing emergency kits for your family is an important step in keeping them safe and healthy during a disaster.  Following the guidelines below is the first step.
 

Pack an Emergency Supply Kit. Here's what you will need.

 

Make a Family Communication Plan

Phone lines in the emergency area may be busy.  It may be easier to make phone calls into a different town than to connect by phone with someone in the same town. Text messages may still go through even when phone lines are very busy. You and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster hits. Make a plan for how you will connect to each other. Click here for basic guidelines.
 

Make a Family Disaster Plan

Before making your disaster plan, it is important to know what types of emergencies are likely in your area and the best way to respond to these emergencies. For example, if tornadoes are common, you will need to know what the warning signs are and where to take shelter. Check with your Local Red Cross Chapter or Emergency Management Agency for more information. Click here for guidelines.
 

Get Your Kids Ready

 

Take These Additional Steps to be Prepared

 

Stay Informed

Check with your local emergency management agency to find out what kinds of emergencies could happen in your areas. Click here for guidelines.
 

Watches and Warnings 

In additional to understanding HOW you will be informed of potential threats, it is important to understand the terms that are used for weather threats.
 
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