15 Emergency Preparedness Tips courtesy of ICF International.

Your Resilience:

1. Know your risks—be informed, aware, and prepared for disasters that may occur in your area.

2. Know your community’s emergency alerts and warnings system.

Your Family:

3. Prepare for your family’s needs—medical supplies, doctor information, specific diet needs.

4. Make a plan to determine how and where to reunite if separated.

5. Ensure children are familiar with their school’s emergency preparedness plans.

6. Build a disaster supplies kit with items such as canned food, water, first aid supplies, and cash.

7. Prepare a “to go” pet kit with food, water dish, leash, medical records, blanket, and photos of pet.

Your Communications:

8. “ICE” (In Case of Emergency) your cell phone with emergency contact names/numbers.

9. Send text messaging to let others know you are safe.

10. Always keep electronic devises fully charged.

Your Home and Car:

11. Develop a home escape plan to get out quickly and safely.

12. Know how to shut off your utilities in your home.

13. Keep a car emergency supply kit including nonperishable food, can opener, water, radio, flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, blankets. Always keep your gas tank full.

Your Community:

14. Help prepare your community, especially elders and those with disabilities.

15. Join the National Preparedness Coalition and “Pledge to Prepare.”