My 12 Steps to Preparedness

#1 Make a Plan

  • Family communication plan
  • Exit/escape plan
  • Evacuation process
  • Shelter-in-place procedures
  • Reunification locations



#2.  Have a Kit

  • Food and water - 3 day supply
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit and medications
  • Cash and important documents
  • Unique household items (infants, elderly, pets)

#3 Stay Informed

  • Acquire a weather radio
  • Have local news and weather apps on your phone
  • Know the hazards in your area
  • Be familiar with your location

#4 Manage Your Risks

  • Conduct a comprehensive insurance review annually
  • Home and auto
  • Flood insurance
  • Sump pump rider
  • Life Insurance

#5 Document Your Stuff

  • Take photos/videos of your property/valuable items
  • Place important things in a safe or safety deposit box
  • Digitize your family pictures, baby books, scrap books
  • Keep digital copies off-site for recovery if needed

#6 Check Your Alarms

  • Check your smoke alarms monthly
  • Replace batteries every 6 months
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors
  • Replace alarms according to manufacturer's instructions

#7 Start A Savings Plan

  • Create an emergency fund
  • 3-6 months of expenses  is a great goal
  • See Step #4 regarding insurance

#8 Sign Up

#9 Expand Your Plan

  • You are a busy person, what will you do if an emergency occurs at...
    • Work or School
    • Activities
    • Events
    • Place of worship

#10 Assemble a "Go-Kit"

  • Use a backpack or old suitcase 
  • Items you will need if you have to evacuate quickly
  • One for each family member (and pets)
  • Mobile, scaled-down version of #2

#11 Get Trained

  • Take a first-aid class
  • Learn CPR
  • Find a class on Stop the Bleed
  • Volunteer with a group that increases the community's resiliency

#12  Pay it Forward

  • Involve a family member
  • Challenge a neighbor to prepare
  • Bring a friend along to training
  • Organize a group
  • Share your successes
  • Keep passing it down