Plan for the unexpected in three steps

Mudslides, earthquakes, wildfires, and power outages: These aren’t pleasant scenarios to ponder, but a little forethought can make a difference for your family in a time of chaos.

Any time is a good time to reflect on your family’s level of emergency preparedness, and put new plans in place wherever needed.

Here are 3 tips to help you 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.

If you spend a lot of time in your car, you can keep a bag full of these items in your trunk. Take a look at this video to learn how to pack a basic emergency preparedness kit:

Your family’s safety is always your top priority, and the best time to prepare for a disaster is long before it strikes. Here’s a step-by-step guide to make your own emergency 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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