Plan for the unexpected in three steps

Wildfires and now mudslides: Unfortunately California has been hit with both in recent weeks. That means this is the perfect time for a reminder to update your family’s emergency preparedness plans. There is no better time to reflect on your family’s level of emergency preparedness and put new plans in place where needed.

Here are 3 tips to help keep your family safe:

Assess your risk

Every region has its own set of risks to consider. For example, if you live in a low-lying area or near large bodies of water,  you should consider preparing for the possibility of floods.

Earthquakes are always a possibility across California, so creating a plan before they happen can make earthquakes less frightening.

Pack a bag

There are a few items — like flashlights, water, and non-perishable snacks — that are helpful in nearly any emergency situation. It’s best to always have them on hand.

It’s a good idea to have a bag full of these items in your home or the trunk of your car. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make your own emergency preparedness kit.

Make a plan

How will you communicate with family members and loved ones in a time of crisis? How will your family find a safe location during a disaster? These are both big questions to answer, but they aren’t the only considerations you should make when preparing for an emergency.

Don’t know where to start? Visit Ready.gov to help you organize your thoughts and learn how to make an emergency plan that suits your needs.

 

 

 

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