A Guide to preparing for emergencies
Preparing for emergencies gets more important every day. In recent years, the frequency and significance of natural disasters and weather-related emergencies have increased. These events can destroy both your property and your finances.
In fact, damage from tornadoes, hurricanes, flooding, drought, extreme heat, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, wildfires, hailstorms, ice, freezing temperatures, and other severe weather that occurred in 2017 have been estimated at over $300B in the United States alone*. It is important to stay informed about what might happen and know what types of emergencies are likely to affect your region.
While you can’t always predict what will happen and when, there are some things that you can do to prepare for the unexpected:
- Create a plan for you and your family
- Take precautions to prepare for emergencies
- Protect your property and finances.
Take the time now to get yourself and your family ready. Be prepared to adapt this information to your personal circumstances and always follow the advice of local emergency officials.
Remember these key points when preparing for emergencies
- Check out the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Ready.gov site and consider using the Family Communications Plan
- Make sure that your cell phone is fully charged
- Be sure important numbers are in your phone
- Follow the advice of local emergency officials and keep track of local conditions
- Make sure that you have cash on hand
Emergency Preparedness Worksheet
This worksheet will help you when you’re planning for emergencies like a natural disaster. Sit down with your family and fill it out together.
For more information and other downloadable resources to look over with your family, visit www.ready.gov.