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Before, during and after an emergency

Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones before, during, and after a disaster.

Overview

In emergency and catastrophe preparedness, we all have a role to play. You can prepare for what you can control by understanding your role.

Before an emergency

Depending on where you live, the risks are different. Determine the threats in your immediate vicinity so that you may prepare an emergency plan.

Emergencies affect us all differently, and help is not always available in the way we expect. Find out what efforts you can take to ensure that your needs are met when they are most important.

Be prepared

Individuals and families should plan on being self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.

  • Recognize the risks: Knowing the risks and dangers can help you and your family prepare for the worst.

  • Make a disaster preparedness plan: A strategy will assist you in dealing with the stress of a tragedy or emergency.

  • Create an emergency kit: By following a few basic steps, you may improve your preparedness for a variety of situations. When putting together your kit, don’t forget to include your pets.

Connect with neighbors

It’s not only about having the correct supplies when it comes to being prepared. Your ability to recover from unexpected events is also dependent on your social relationships.

  • Neighbors, coworkers, and friends in the impacted area are frequently the first to arrive on the scene.

  • When you know who is there, it is easy to provide or request assistance.

  • Consider reaching out and building those connections if you aren’t already connected with your neighbors.

Financial preparedness

You can reduce stress in any emergency or disaster by being financially prepared.

  • Consult an insurance representative to discuss your individual requirements.

  • Make sure you’re aware of your insurance options and coverage limits. Ensure the safety of your house, vehicle, business, and personal items. Find out what your insurance coverage does not cover by speaking with your representative.

  • Consider opening an emergency savings account to cover temporary expenses while you are away from home if at all possible.

  • Keep emergency funds on hand whenever possible in case banking services are unavailable.

  • Keep all receipts for additional expenses if you have to relocate.

  • Make a careful list of everything you own.

Protect your pets

  • Your pet will have all it needs if you keep a pet carrier filled with supplies.

  • Have a list of animal shelters, veterinarians, and kennel facilities on hand in case you need to relocate your pets.

  • If one of you is unable to return home to pick up your pet, form a buddy system with a neighbor.

During an emergency

In the case of an emergency, people, property, the economy, and the environment are all at risk. In the event of a tragedy or emergency, be sure you know who to call and what to do.

The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones depends on the threat, but following suggestions can assist you in dealing securely with catastrophes and disasters.

After an emergency

For different people, unexpected events and calamities have distinct long-term impacts. Knowing what to do in an emergency situation can help you relax and recover more quickly.

You won’t be able to return home if you have to evacuate until authorities declare it’s safe. Exercise extreme caution at all times.

Being prepared can assist you in recovering more quickly, allowing you to resume your life and job sooner.