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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 should emergencies strike.

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.

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.

Additional resources

Reviewed in 2023

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