Being prepared for an emergency isn't just about staying safe during a storm or a disaster. It's about minimizing negative impacts and staying clean, fed, healthy, and comfortable until things get back to normal. That means having your own food, water, cash, and other supplies to last for at least five days, and possibly longer if you are in a remote or hard-to-reach area; and remembering to check on vulnerable neighbors and loved ones. It also means having a continuity of operations plan for your business.
Being prepared for emergencies, large and small, improves individual, household, and whole community resiliency. Unfortunately, more than half of all adult Americans are not adequately prepared for a local disaster. Florida residents should have a basic disaster supply kit on hand at all times (at home, work, and in the car), be familiar with their evacuation zones, and know what to do if they need to shelter-in-place during a dangerous incident. Take time now to tailor your emergency plans and supplies to your daily living needs and responsibilities, and learn basic first aid and CPR so you are able to help loved ones and neighbors in an emergency.
Don't think that everything has to be done at once! There are low-cost and no-cost things you can do to get prepared for any hazard.
Click HERE for a Calendar of Preparedness Actions and use the tips to help get/stay prepared throughout the year.