Emergency Preparedness Tip of the Week: Emergency Preparedness at Home


  • Create an emergency plan: this should include an evacuation plan, a communication plan for staying in touch with family members, and a plan for sheltering in place if necessary.
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit: this should include enough supplies to last each person in your household for at least three days, including water, non-perishable food, medications, a first aid kit, a flashlight, and a portable radio.
  • Stay informed: make sure you are aware of any potential emergency situations that may affect your area and stay up to date on the latest information from local authorities.
  • Have multiple ways to receive emergency alerts: this may include a weather radio, an emergency notification system, or a cell phone with a plan that includes text messages.
  • Keep important documents and information in a safe place: this may include insurance policies, identification documents, and emergency contact information.
  • Protect your home: take steps to secure your home, such as installing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and making sure your home is properly insured.
  • Be prepared to evacuate: if you are instructed to evacuate, do so immediately, and make sure you have your disaster supply kit with you.
  • Know how to turn off utilities: if you need to evacuate, you should know how to safely turn off the gas, electricity, and water to your home.
  • Stay safe during the emergency: follow the instructions of local authorities and avoid taking unnecessary risks during the emergency.
  • Make sure to take care of your own physical and emotional well-being and support your loved ones during this difficult time.