Disaster Preparedness

Woman doing emergency backpack checklist

There are many benefits to planning ahead for disasters. The most important benefits are staying safe and helping yourself and your community recover.

People and families that plan for emergencies will:

• Help keep people safe;

• Limit property damage;

• Know what to do during and after a disaster;

• Better manage their savings;

• Support community preparedness; and

• Help their community get back up and running after a disaster.

Taking simple actions to protect against disaster helps you, your family, your community, and your country in important ways.

Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.  Make sure your family has a plan and practices it often.