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How to prepare for a disaster

Before disaster strikes

Do you and your family have a plan in case of an emergency? Invest some time planning now and buy yourself peace of mind.

Create a family plan

Plan what to do for all family members in different disaster situations.

Develop a household inventory

Create an up-to-date household and property inventory before disaster strikes.

Organize a grab and go file

Make plans in advance about what to take with should emergencies strike.

Preparing a 2-week emergency food supply

Build up supplies to have enough staples on hand for an emergency. Also available in Spanish.

Cooking without a kitchen

Plan and prepare meals with a variety of nutrients when you don't have access to a kitchen.

Review insurance

Understand your coverage and get additional insurance if needed.

Start an emergency fund

Set money aside now to be better prepared in the event of a disaster.

Tips for older adults

Help prepare for a natural disaster for older adults.


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