It's important to be ready for a natural disaster at all times. Whether the disaster is flooding, earthquakes, hurricanes, or tornadoes.
With the below tips you can be better prepared when these disasters strike.
Get your family ready
- Go over your emergency plan with your family. Make sure you have the supplies you need.
- Keep checking for updates about the disaster. Watch TV, listen to the radio, or check online.
- Listen for disaster sirens and warning signals.
- Pack important documents (like wills or passports) with you.
- Call the hospital, public health department, or the police about special needs. If you or a loved one is older or disabled and won’t be able to leave quickly, get advice on what to do.
Put pets and farm animals in a safe place
Keep in mind emergency shelters and many hotels may not let you bring animals with you if you need to evacuate. Ask your local public health department if pets are allowed in shelters.
Get your home ready
- Clear your yard. Make sure there’s nothing that could cause damage during a disaster and damage your home. Move bikes, lawn furniture, grills, propane tanks, and building material inside or under shelter.
- Be ready to turn off your power. If you see flooding, downed power lines, or you have to leave your home, switch it off.
- Fill clean water containers with drinking water. You’ll want to do this in case you lose your water supply.
- Check your CO detector to prevent CO poisoning.
- Lower the thermostat in your refrigerator and freezer to the coolest possible temperature. If your power goes out, your food will stay fresh longer.
Make an emergency car kit
Always keep an emergency kit in your car in case you need to leave quickly during a natural disaster. Make sure you include:
- Food that doesn’t go bad (like canned food)
- Jumper cables (sometimes called booster cables)
- Tools, like a roadside emergency kit
- A first aid kit and instructions
- A fire extinguisher
- Sleeping bags
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Having a GPS — either in your car or on your smartphone — can help during an emergency too.
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Make sure your car is ready
- Fill your car’s gas tank. You may also want to consider making plans with friends or family to get a ride.
- Double check your car’s emergency kit.
Know when to evacuate
It is very important to listen to officials when they order you to evacuate. If no order is given, it is important to know when to evacuate and when it's okay to stay.