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Have you built your disaster preparedness kit?  Here's an idea of what you will need:  Get a Kit

Have a plan on where you will go and how you will communicate afterwards. 
How to Communicate Before, During, and After a Major Disaster. 

Keep your food safe to eat during an emergency, such as a loss of power.  Visit

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Make a kit, have a plan, be informed! 

In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

Winter Storms and Extreme Cold

Have your emergency kit ready in case heat and power go out.  Make sure your kit includes rock salt, sand, snow shovels, and extra blankets.  Include an emergency kit in your car, with some energy or granola bars, bottled water, and blankets, in addition to standard vehicle supplies.  

More info on being ready for winter weather from


Here are tips on getting ready for a hurricane:  Are you ready? 

National Hurricane Center - Tips on Preparedness

Extreme Heat

During conditions of extreme heat, spend time in locations with air-conditioning such as shopping malls, public libraries, or public health sponsored heat-relief shelters in your area. Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages and increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level.

More safety tips for extreme heat from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Go to the basement or an indoor room.  Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls.  If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. tips for Tornadoes


During an earthquake:  If indoors, Drop, cover, and hold on!  Get under a desk or table for protection from falling debris.  Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside.  If outdoors, stay there! 

More info on before, during and after an earthquake from


Find out if your home is at risk for flood and educate yourself on the impact a flood could have on you and your family.  Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home if you live in an area that has a high flood risk.  Consider installing "check valves" to prevent flood water from backing up into the drains of your home.  If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds. 

Visit for info on the National Flood Insurance Program.

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