Did you know that 37 percent of Americans are not preparing for disasters because they are relying on emergency responders to help them? Also, studies show 42 percent of individuals do not have a household emergency plan.
Everyone has a role in being prepared for disasters, including citizens. Individuals need to be prepared to care for themselves and their loved ones during and immediately following a disaster for at least three days until other resources are available. Local governments will always be the first to respond. However, in the event of a major or catastrophic disaster, the first priority is often special populations, such as the elderly or the disabled, so it may take emergency personnel a few days to help you.
When roads are flooded, bridges destroyed and the environment is dangerous, you need to have a plan in place and supplies on hand to help ease your own response. Make a plan. Stay informed. Assemble an emergency supply kit.
A major hurricane, tornado or storm might be just days or weeks away. Preparation during peacetime can reduce the risk of devastation to yourself and your family. So know your flood risk and the hazards in your community.
Are you ready?
Information to get ready
Know Your Risk
• Severe weather can strike any time of the year. Are you prepared? Follow @Readygov: http://go.usa.gov/3x95d #SevereWeatherPrep
• During severe weather Wireless #EmergencyAlerts can save your life. Watch how: http://youtu.be/wDpcGypv2_U
• Wireless Emergency Alerts are automatic texts sent to you in an emergency; no sign-up required: http://www.ready.gov/alerts
• Sign-up for @Twitter Alerts from @FEMA for critical information in real-time: https://twitter.com/fema/alerts #SevereWeatherPrep
• Watches=severe weather is possible. Warnings=severe conditions have begun or will begin soon. #SevereWeatherPrep
• Make a plan to connect during severe weather by text, e-mail, social media & cell. #SevereWeatherPrep
• #SevereWeatherPrep tips: Only travel if necessary, keep phones charged, check on neighbors, & bring pets indoors.
• Prepare before a #flood by installing a water alarm in your basement. More tips: http://1.usa.gov/1poPE5S #PrepareAthon
• 30: The number of days it takes for flood insurance to begin. Don’t wait until it’s too late! http://1.usa.gov/15vEcTH
• Flooding is an increased risk if you live close to sea level! Know your risk and prepare! http://1.usa.gov/1nGpc9d #SevereWeatherPrep
• Don't get it twisted! Tornadoes can occur with almost no warning! Get prepared w/ http://1.usa.gov/1r1pHQi #PrepareAthon
• Lightning and hail are common in tornado weather! Learn what else to expect. http://1.usa.gov/1f0YhFv #PrepareAthon
• Every state has some risk for tornadoes. Prepare today for what may come tomorrow: http://1.usa.gov/1knu5Ax #SevereWeatherPrep
• Live in a tornado-prone area? Practice going to your protective location often. http://1.usa.gov/1siRA7I #SevereWeatherPrep