10 Tips for Disaster Preparedness and Resiliency

April 30th is the first ever America’s PrepareAthon, a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience. You can participate by going to FEMA.gov and attending or registering an event or sharing these 10 tips.

  1. Know Your Neighbors
  2. You may have met your neighbors, but do you know which ones are trained in first aid? By knowing the skills of your neighbors you can create a functioning network that is ready to take action before, during or after a natural disaster to mitigate destruction.

  3. Know your city
  4. Know what radio and TV channels to listen to, Twitter handles to follow, what numbers to call, and what websites to visit for the most up to date information about safety in your neighborhood.

  5. Build a Kit
  6. A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Include food and water to last 72 hours, as well as a radio, flashlight and first aid kit to start.

  7. Be Ready to Leave
  8. Make sure your car always has half a tank of gas, you have your Kit packed, and you have an agreed upon evacuation route and safe house.

  9. Take photos
  10. Make sure you document the current state of your home and belongings. When you’re reporting loss to your insurance company, you’ll want something to compare the damage to.

  11. Prepare your documents
  12. Make sure you have all your important documents in one place and ready to be taken with you in the event of an emergency. This means insurance forms, identification, etc.

  13. Check Other Plans
  14. Inquire about emergency plans at work, senior homes, daycare and school – or wherever your family members may be. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one.

  15. Make a Plan for Pets
  16. Don’t leave your animals behind! Make a back-up emergency plan with neighbors, friends and relatives to make sure that someone is available to care for or evacuate your pets if you are unable to do so.

  17. Know Your Risk Factors
  18. Know which natural disasters are most likely to affect your area as well as when you should be most cognisant of risk.

  19. Get Trained
  20. Join Citizen Corps rparticipate in America’s PrepareAthon on April 30th and get informed and trained on recovering from a disaster.

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