Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and when disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. Depending on the disaster – a hurricane, winter storm, or hazardous material spill – you could be confined to your home without water and electricity for days, or you may be asked to evacuate the area.
Before, during, and after a disaster, local officials and relief volunteers will be working hard to keep people safe. However, they may not be able to reach everyone quickly, so it is important to plan ahead before disaster strikes. Below are some steps you can take to make sure you are prepared for an emergency:
Social distancing and safety measures will reduce the capacity at county storm shelters this year. Identify a safe place to go inland, like a hotel or friend or family member’s home safer than your own. Consider ways to safely expand your circle of interaction amid COVID-19, by maintaining social distancing, staying in one space as much as possible and bringing your own amenities like food and bedding.
Build an emergency supply kit with enough supplies for three to seven days for each household member, including pets.
In addition to emergency supplies like food, water, batteries, medications, pet supplies, important documents and other needs, add items like face coverings, hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies like bleach wipes to kits this year. Your emergency kit should include enough supplies for five to seven days.
Stay informed before, during, and after an emergency event.