Household Preparedness

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You can take steps now to help you prepare for an emergency and cope if a public health emergency, such as a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or disease outbreaks happens. We’ve provided step-by-step actions to help you prepare before an emergency to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Step 1: Get a Kit   

If a disaster strikes in your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for several days. You may think that you will have enough time to run to the store, but stores quickly sell out of important supplies following emergency warnings. Preparing emergency kits for your family is an important step in keeping them safe and healthy during a disaster. 

Start building your household preparedness kit today

Step 2: Make a Plan

Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes. Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Don’t rely solely on phone lines as they may be down due to the event. Put together a communication plan for each family member and be sure they always have it with them.

Put together your household communication plan

More information on communication plans

Step 3: Be Informed

Gathering information is crucial in emergency situations. There are many ways that authorities share emergency warnings, updates, and safety instructions. Take steps now to make sure you’ll get the information you need when an emergency happens.

Ways your household can stay informed

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