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When an emergency strikes, will you be prepared?

September is National Preparedness Month. Use this opportunity to make sure you’re ready. When an emergency strikes, you’ll need to protect your health.

Use this list to make sure you’re prepared.

  • Personal needs: Create an emergency supply kit. You can use something you already have, like a suitcase or backpack. Your kit should have what you need to stay healthy and safe for at least 3 days, including food, water and medical supplies. Make sure to include what your children and pets will need, too.
  • Prescriptions: It may be hard to get to a pharmacy during an emergency. Make sure your kit includes the medicine and vitamins you routinely take.
  • Paperwork: Include in your kit important documents that prove your identity, ownership and medical coverage. You can save digital copies in a password-protected format to a flash or external hard drive.
  • Power sources: Be prepared for a long-lasting power outage, with alternative heating and lighting. Have a backup power source for your cellphone, appliances and power-dependent medical devices.
  • Practical skills: Learn and practice skills that can keep you safe and healthy during an emergency. Learn CPR, how to use a fire extinguisher and how to properly wash your hands.

A passport, a container for prescription medicine, and a set of jumper cables being clipped to a car battery 

Emergencies, like natural disasters, can make it difficult to get around or access healthcare. It could be hard to get supplies or medicine. Check out the resources available on our Emergency Preparedness page. Preparing now can make all the difference. Work together with your loved ones to make a plan and get prepared.

Want to help your community get prepared? Check out Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps. This program brings together government, businesses and community members to prepare their communities for disaster. Because safer, stronger communities are better able to bounce back.