Preparedness

California Firestorm 2008 PhotoDisasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of lives every year.  Each disaster has lasting effects, both to people and property.  And yet, only approximately one-third of individuals surveyed thought that a disaster was likely to strike their community.  The most effective way to lessen the effects of a disaster, should one occur in your area, is to be prepared. 

 

 

There are 3 simple steps to Being Prepared:

  1. Get a Kit
  2. Make a Plan
  3. Be Informed

 

Preparing your family, your home, and your business to withstand the impacts of a disaster is one of the best ways to ensure your safety should a major emergency occur.  Browse the contents of the Preparedness section to learn more about what you can do to be prepared for a disaster.  Watch the video below to learn how easy it is to get prepared

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Think you're already prepared?  Take the following challenge to see how prepared you really are:

 

Do you have a family disaster plan?
Yes No

Do you have a disaster supply kit?
Yes No

Have you identified local emergency contacts?
Yes No

Have you identified out-of-state emergency contacts?
Yes No

Have you identified a family meeting place?
Yes No

Have you talked to your children about what to do in an emergency?
Yes No N/A

Have you practiced what to do at home in the event of a disaster?
Yes No

Have you duplicated important documents (e.g. insurance documents, birth certificates, deed to your home)?
Yes No N/A

Do you know your child's school disaster plan?
Yes No N/A

Now, review your answers above.  Take follow-up action on any items to which you answered "No" and become better prepared today!