Disaster & Emergency Preparedness

Are You Prepared?

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. Families can and do cope with disaster by preparing in advance. The key to preparedness is having a plan.

  • Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster
  • Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team
  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen
  • Plan what to do in each type of disaster
  • Discuss what to do in an evacuation
  • Plan how to take care of your pets
  • Create a disaster checklist
  • Practice and maintain your plan
  • Assemble a disaster kit

If Disaster Strikes

  • Remain calm and patient
  • Put your plan into action
  • Check for injuries
  • Listen to your battery powered radio for news and instructions
  • Evacuate if advised to do so
  • Wear protective clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Check for damage in your home
  • You wrote a plan, remember to use it


Learn, Plan, Buy a Three Day Supply (PDF)

Preparedness for Special Needs (PDF)

Learn, Plan, Buy for Pets (PDF)

FEMA Pets in Disaster (PDF)