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Individual And Family Preparedness

Preparing for disasters is extremely important, a disaster can strike at any time. In order to prepare yourself and your family for a disaster, you should do four key things:

  • Be Informed
  • Create a Plan
  • Make a Kit
  • Take Action

Be Informed

Know what hazards and disasters affect your area, how to receive emergency alerts, and where you need to go if you or your family need to evacuate.

Create a Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.  

Make a Kit


Make sure your emergency kit is stocked with the items on the checklist below. Most of the items are inexpensive and easy to find, and any one of them could save your life. Once you take a look at the basic items, consider what unique needs your family might have, such as supplies for pets, or seniors.

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as great guidelines for kits here.

Take Action

The best way to prepare for a disaster is to get involved. Preparing and Responding to a disaster in your community requires a large staff of trained volunteers to respond when first responders are overwhelmed. Be empowered and take action today! Find a local Volunteer Organization Active in Disasters (VOAD), or consider volunteering with Independence Emergency Preparedness.