One of the most important preparedness steps that you can take is to develop a plan for how you will respond to a disaster to be able to answer the following type of questions: How will you contact your family? Where will you evacuate to if needed? Where will you get key information? Use the planning calculator to identify your current level of planning preparedness.
Everyone should have a basic understanding of first aid, as well as a number of other subjects related to disaster preparedness. Take the first step and learn about ways to improve your knowledge and skills. Use the training calculator to identify your current level of training preparedness.
Preparing for a disaster requires equipment and supplies in a broad range of areas such as food, water, and communications. Use the equipment calculator to identify your current level of equipment preparedness.
There are a number of exercises that you can do to prepare for a disaster. These range from testing your communications plan to taking an alternate route to your local shelter. Use the exercise calculator to determine your level of exercise preparedness.
The full cycle of preparedness includes planning, training and exercises. Your main efforts should be spent in planning and getting the right equipment and supplies as shown on the graph to the right. But, make sure that you also train and exercise your plans.
Use our site to learn more about how to get prepared. Register as a user, and get access to customized reports that will show your level of preparedness in each area once you have completed our individual or organizational preparedness calculators.
Learn what to do to prepare for disaster
- Be ready to evacuate
- Be ready to take refuge in a shelter
- Know how to care for basic medical needs
- Reduce the impact of disasters (take action in areas such as floods proofing, elevating your home and/or key systems, securing items that could shake, backing-up important documents, verifying insurance coverage, completing financial planning, etc)