Catastrophe Emergency Family Kit

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Disasters often happen without warning. Experts recommend that you prepare for an emergency in three ways: make a plan, build a kit, and stay informed.

Make a Plan

What if your family isn’t together when a disaster happens? Creating a family communications plan ensures that you and your loved ones have a strategy in place to contact one another. Review the plan together and keep it in a safe place.

Build a Kit

Depending on the nature of the disaster, it may take emergency services and personnel up to three days to reach you and your location. You need to be prepared for this worst-case scenario.

Use this checklist to assemble your disaster kit -
Survival checklist and recommended supplies

Stay Informed

There are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them. You’ll also want to learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. For Americans, preparedness must now account for manmade disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.

Get involved and help each other

There is safety in numbers. Join (or start) a neighborhood organization so that you know each other and can share emergency resources (items such as generators or chainsaws).

You can find out more about what you can do at

Data courtesy: USGS, NOAA, University of Hawaii, Our Congress, Red Cross, FEMA and UC Berkeley