Emergency Supply Kit/Go Bag
Disasters affect thousands of people every year, therefore, it is important to prepare yourself and your family. Knowing what the risks are and having a plan in place before an event may make a huge difference when it matters most.
Being prepared means being equipped with supplies you may need in the event of an emergency or disaster. Keep your supplies in an easy-to-carry kit that you can use at home or take with you in case you must evacuate. Learn how to get Emergency Supply Kit from the American Red Cross.
Make A Plan
It is important to make sure that the entire family is prepared and informed in the event of a disaster or emergency. You may not always be together when these events take place and should have plans for making sure you are able to contact and find one another.
The Red Cross has an easy to understand flyer, Be Red Cross Ready (PDF), which breaks down the 3 most important steps in preparing for a disaster. View the Make a Plan section of the Red Cross's disaster preparedness planning section.
Prepare to Evacuate
Part of being prepared is to expect the need to evacuate. The amount of time you have to leave your home depends on the hazard. Most disasters allow little to no time for people to gather basic necessities, which is why planning ahead with a “go bag” is essential. Ready.gov explains evacuation guidelines in an easy to understand manner.
Children & Young Adult Preparedness
During a disaster, your family may have to leave your home and depart from your daily routine. Children may become anxious, confused, or frightened. It is important to give children guidance that will help reduce their fears.
Individuals with special needs should register with local emergency services if special warning procedures, evacuation assistance, and/or special shelter facilities are needed. Visit Register Ready to ensure you and your loves one are prepared in the case of disaster.
The Disaster Preparedness for Seniors by Seniors Guide (PDF) was written by a group of New York state seniors that experienced a 2-week power outage from an ice storm. To avoid getting caught unprepared, they urge you to take time reviewing this book and fill in the appropriate local emergency numbers.
Evacuation Checklist for Pets
The American Kennel Club has prepared an Evacuation Checklist for Pets (PDF) to help pet owners pack a portable pet first-aid kit and prepare for an emergency evacuation. Be sure to plan ahead for your pets. Keep a phone list of pet-friendly hotels/motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes. Safety for our pets is just as important as it is for all of us!