National Preparedness Month Week Two: September 8-14 Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters

By planning and taking action in advance, everyone can be prepared, no matter where or when disaster strikes.

  • Know your community’s risks and what you would do when they occur.
  • Sign up for emergency alerts so that during an emergency, you receive life-saving information from your state and local municipality.
  • Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least three to seven days, as you may need to survive on your own for several days.
  • Discuss what you need and what your family members will do if there’s an emergency - if your power is out, if you need to evacuate, if there is no transportation, and, if your cell service is not working.
  • Involve your entire family, including your children, in planning for disasters and how to evacuate.
  • Plan for your pets (e.g., carrying case, food and supplies, and pre-identify shelters to use).
  • Collect and secure critical documents in a safe place (such as financial, insurance, medical, and other records) so you have the documentation needed to start the recovery process without delay.
  • Making a family emergency communication plan in advance will let all members of the household know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency.
  • Download the FEMA App (available in English and Spanish) to receive weather alerts, safety tips, and reminders and be ready for the unexpected.
  • Use the checklists in FEMA’s Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (available on to help you prepare financially and get tips to help reduce the financial impact disasters.