Emergency Preparedness Information


  • Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
  • People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.


  • Disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year. Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.
  • If a disaster occurs in your community, local government and disaster-relief organizations will try to help you, but you need to be ready as well. Local responders may not be able to reach you immediately, or they may need to focus their efforts elsewhere.
  • You should know how to respond to severe weather or any disaster that could occur in your area – hurricanes, earthquakes, extreme cold, flooding, or terrorism.
  • You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.


Adult 72 Hour Kits-HOME: Get a comprehensive in-depth list of what should be in an adult’s 72 hour kit.  You may be surprised at how easy it is to start gathering items from around your house!


72 Hour Kits-CAR: Nobody likes to get stranded-especially in your car!  This comprehensive list covers a myriad of emergencies you may encounter in your car.


Make A Family Preparedness Plan: No family should be with out it!  Would you know what to do if your family were separated in an emergency?  Where to go?  Who to call?  This will help your family to be on the same page and to find each other quickly should you get separated in an emergency.

Emergency Cooking Tools: Can’t decide what you should have on hand in an emergency?  Check out this comprehensive and in depth look at all of your options for cooking in an emergency.

(why be prepared information from fema.org)