In the event of a major disaster, it could take up to two weeks for help to arrive. Until then, it will be up to you to look after yourself and your family.
Do1Thing is a free online program that will guide you through the process of getting prepared one small step at a time.
Make a plan
During a disaster, families may have to leave their homes and be separated. Phones and internet connections may not work. That is why everyone should have a disaster plan. You can get started by discussing these three questions as a family.
- Where will we take shelter?
- What is our evacuation route?
- How will we communicate?
You can find more planning resources at ready.gov.
Build a kit
Your disaster kit should have everything your household will need for 72 hours. Most experts recommend having enough supplies for at least two weeks, but anything is better than nothing. You can assemble your own kit, or buy one. Here are a few things you might want to include in your kit:
- Food and water
- Clothing and hygiene products
- Essential documents
- First aid kit
- Toys and coloring books for children
The American Red Cross has more tips to help you build your kit.