Complete a Family Disaster Plan - Include directions on designated and alternate meeting place as well as communication methods and contacts. Prepare data and devices with information and short messaging options to communicate status.
Prepare a 96-hour Kit - An effective emergency relief effort from outside your area may take up to 4 days to be organized and respond. FEMA recommends increasing emergency supplies from 72-hour kits to 96-hour kits.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) provides a CDC Family Emergency Kit Checklist to assist families with preparation. Please visit the CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response for more information on preparing for all hazards.
Clean drinking water is essential and kits should include provisions for at least 1 gallon of water per family member per day. Don't forget your pets and water for sanitation purposes.
Prepare to evacuate or relocate - Prepare a "Go" Bag for each family member (including pets) and download the American Red Cross Shelter Finder App to your phones, tablets, and iPads.
Personal "Go" bags should contain personal hygiene items, clothing, flashlight, and any prescription or over the counter medications as needed for 96 hours. In addition, be sure to have a bag/container that includes basic non-perishable food, water, a battery-operated or hand crank radio, and first aid kit.
Prepare to Shelter in Place - Prepare your home ahead of time by securing furniture, prepping windows, doors, and vents for sealing, waterproofing storage of documents