1. Learn about emergency hazards & the appropriate responses
2. Make a communications plan
3. Build an emergency kit
4. Get involved in preparedness in your community
All disasters are inherently local. They affect families and their communities, businesses and their customers, and organizations and their members. It takes all aspects of a community – not just the government – to effectively prepare, respond, and recover from emergencies and disasters. Building community resilience requires close coordination between the government, community organizations, individuals, and emergency managers to plan for the needs of the whole community.
However, the most important thing you can do as an individual is to be self-reliant during disasters
Peparedness is an individual responsibility. If you are prepared, it frees up valuable resources and allows our first responders to assist those who are in the greatest need. Self-reliance also extends to helping neighbors and friends around you who may need help before emergency responders can arrive.
Start preparing now
It is important to prepare now. Families may not be together when an emergency happens and you may not have access to cell phones, gas stations, banks, grocery stores or some of the other things that you are used to having every day. Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit. Get involved.
Preparedness kits are needed in multiple locations like your home, cars, and at your workplaces
Disasters can happen at any time, so it is important to be prepared at places where you spend large amounts of time, including your home, your office, and your car.
Important Links for Staying Informed, Making a Plan, Building a Kit, and Getting Involved
- TEEX Emergency Preparedness page has links to information on building a kit and making a plan as well as links to organizations that can help after the disaster.
- Check into the Red Cross Safe and Well program: This online application allows you to create an email with basic emergency information to send to family and friends that you would like to contact in the event of an emergency.
- Know which emergencies are most likely to occur in your community. Then check out this list of potential disasters, as well as actions you can take to stay safe: Blackouts, Chemical Threat, Earthquakes, Explosions, Extreme Heat, Fires, Floods, Hurricanes, Influenza Pandemic, Landslide and Debris Flow, Nuclear Threat, Radiation Threat, Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Wildfires, Winter Storms and Extreme Cold, Tsunamis and Volcanoes.