January: Make a Plan
Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk.
Have 72 hours (3 days) worth of water stored for your household.
Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter.
Have an emergency food supply that will meet the needs of your household for three days without outside help.
May: Work, School & Community
Make sure the people who count on you are prepared for a disaster.
June: Unique Family Needs
Be aware of and prepare for your family’s unique needs.
If you or someone in your household has a disability, create an evacuation plan that works for them.
July: Family Communication Plan
Have the ability to communicate with family members during a disaster.
August: Get Involved
Make your community stronger by getting trained and getting involved.
It takes more than police, fire and EMS to respond to a disaster. It takes people who are committed to neighborhoods, churches, schools and volunteer organizations. When people are willing to work together for the good of others, communities are stronger.
People who are involved are the key to a disaster resilient community. They are willing and able to look out for themselves and others. A resilient community is one that can withstand a disaster and get back to normal quickly (even if normal isn’t the same as it was before).
September: Be Informed
Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand, and act on information received in an emergency.
Be able to safely meet your basic needs during an electrical outage.
Create a power outage plan – decide what you can do before, during and after a power outage to minimize the effect on your household.
We count on electricity for heat, food, and medical needs. Many gas appliances even need electricity to run. A power outage is an emergency that often follows another emergency—like a hurricane, tornado, or winter storm. That makes it even more important to be prepared in advance.
Power Outage Safety
Discard food if the temperature in your refrigerator exceeds 40 degrees for more than 2 hours.
Stay away from downed power lines and anything they touch such as fences or buildings.
Never drive over downed power lines; they may be energized.
Never use charcoal or gas grills inside a structure. Carbon monoxide can overcome you.
November: Emergency Supplies
Remember important items that may be overlooked when leaving your home in a disaster.
Any emergency is easier to handle when you have prepared ahead of time. Put together an emergency kit with important items to keep at home, and a go bag with items you will need to take with you if you evacuate. Think about what you and your family would need in a disaster. You can make kits for your home, car or workplace. Emergencies can happen anywhere.
December: First Aid
Be prepared to give first aid while waiting for an ambulance.