12 Planning Steps

12th Step – Coping with Disaster – After 48 hours

Disaster Assistance Available from FEMA: Help After a Disaster Study Guide Temporary Housing (a place to live for a limited period of time): Money is available to rent a different place to live, or a government provided housing unit when rental properties are not available. Search for information about housing rental resources. Repair: Money is available to homeowners to repair… Read more →

11th Step – Be Informed – Coping with Disaster – The first 48 hours

Staying Put (Sheltering In Place) Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the hazard, the first important decision is whether you stay put, also known as sheltering in place, or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Whether you are at home, work or elsewhere, there may be situations when it’s simply best to stay where you… Read more →

10th Step – Be Informed – Food & Water Storage

Water is an essential element to survival and a necessary item in an emergency supplies kit. Following a disaster, clean drinking water may not be available. Your regular water source could be cut-off or compromised through contamination. Prepare yourself by building a supply of water that will meet your family’s needs during an emergency. HOW MUCH WATER DO I NEED?… Read more →

7th Step – Be Informed – Basic Disaster Kit – Insurance & Vital Financial Records

A basic emergency supply kit could include the following recommended items: **Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least THREE days, for drinking and sanitation **Food, at least a THREE-day supply of non-perishable food **Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both **Flashlight and extra batteries… Read more →

6th Step – Be Informed – Tailor a Plan for Your Needs

As you prepare, tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Most or all individuals have both specific personal needs as well as resources to assist others. You and your household and others you help or rely on for assistance should work together. As part of tailoring your plans, consider working with others to create… Read more →

5th Step – Be Informed – Options For Protection at Locations during a Disaster

Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the emergency, the first important decision is whether you stay where you are or evacuate. You should understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you are learning here, to determine if there is an immediate danger. In any emergency, local authorities may or may not… Read more →

4th Step – Be Informed – Be Tech Ready – Family Communication – Safe & Well Registration

BE TECH READY Keep your contacts updated across all of your channels, including phone, email and social media. This will make it easy to reach out to the right people quickly to get information and supply updates. Consider creating a group list serve of your top contacts. Learn how to send updates via text and internet from your mobile phone… Read more →

3rd Step – Be Informed – Warning Systems & Signals – Community Disaster Plans

Stay informed during a disaster through emergency broadcasts. Find out what kinds of disasters, both natural and accidental, are most likely to occur in your area and how you will be notified. Methods of getting your attention vary from community to community. One common method is to broadcast via emergency radio and TV broadcasts. You might hear a special siren,… Read more →