Disaster Preparedness Tips You May Have Overlooked

  • Include cash in your emergency supply kit. During an extended power outage, ATMs and credit card machines may not work.
  • Check in with your neighbors to see how you can help each other out before and after a storm.
  • Pick an out-of-town person for everyone to contact during an emergency.
  • Preparing your family for an emergency is as simple as having a conversation over dinner. Make a plan tonight.
  • As part of your family’s emergency supply kit, include games and toys to keep children entertained.
  • Get prepared by having an emergency supplies kit already stored. Be sure to keep it updated – some items will expire.
  • Snap some pictures, or make a video, of your property and create an inventory for insurance purposes.
  • 30: The number of days it takes for flood insurance to begin. The time to buy is when it’s dry.
  • If you rely on public transportation, contact your local emergency management agency about evacuation procedures before a hurricane.
  • Make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly.
  • Prepare your car for winter: keep your gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
  • Make a plan to check on neighbors if extreme cold or winter weather knocks out your power.
  • Learn how to shut off the utilities where you live, including water, electricity and gas.
  • #PrepTips: Take a first aid and CPR class.
  • Plan how you will leave and where you will go if you are advised to evacuate. Don’t forget to include pets in your plans! 
  • Assemble supplies for a “go-bag” you can carry if you need to evacuate
  • Make or purchase a portable emergency kit for your car, truck or RV.
  • Save. Save. Save. Your emergency savings can help you get life saving items like food, shelter, and water in an emergency.
  • 48% of people have an emergency fund, which gives them the savings to overcome simple emergencies and in some circumstances may even save their lives.
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