Preparedness


Preparedness

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Three easy, must-do steps to keep kids safe from emergencies at school.

Infographic: Easy as ABC | Caring for Children in a Disaster

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Do you know the different between a severe weather watch and warning? Be informed--know your weather alerts.

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When temperatures drop, know how to avoid, spot, and treat symptoms of frostbite & hypothermia.

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Know what to do when there is flooding in your area. Be prepared to react when floods are perdicted, and know how to stay safe and healthy after flooding occurs.

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Microchip your pets! A microchip could help you reconnect with your pets if you become separated during an emergency.

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Remember your pets in your emergency plan. Include food and water for them in your emergency kit and identify pet friendly shelters in your area.

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Keep important documents in your emergency kit. It may be important to have these documents safe and easy to access after a disaster occurs.

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Form a support network with older adults in your life. Check on elderly neighbors after a disaster and talk to older adults in your family about their emergency preparedness plan.

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During an emergency a text message may be delivered when phone calls cannot go be made. Teach your family and friends to text before a disaster occurs.

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Include comfort items for kids in your emergency kit. A familiar toy or game can help kids cope with the fear and stress of a disaster.

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Form a support network with friends and family. Talk about special medical and physical needs you or people in your support network may have during an emergency.

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Include medication and medical supplies in your emergency kit that can been used if you have to evacuate or shelter in place.

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Keep your medical dosage and doctors' contact information in your emergency kit. Also include written instructions on any special medical assistance you may need during an emergency.

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Involve you kids in your emergency preparedness plans. Have them choose designated meet-up spots for different emergencies and practice getting to these spots.

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Make sure your kids know important family information in case of an emergency. Help them memorize their last name, address and phone number.

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Prepare for your family's special medical needs. Include medication, medical equipment and baby supplies you may need in your emergency kit.

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Teach kids about tornados and what to do if one occurs. CDC's Ready Wrigley activity books are a fun resource for kids to learn about emergency preparedness.

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During an earthquake, DROP down onto your hands and knees, COVER your head and neck and HOLD ON to your shelter.

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Prevent heat related illness and death by knowing the facts and being prepared for extreme heat.

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Prepare for winter weather! When the weather turns cooler it's time to weatherproof your home to protect against the cold.

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Prepare your family and home for #earthquakes. By planning and practicing what to do if an earthquake strikes, you and your family can learn to react correctly and automatically when the shaking begins.

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Be ready for a #wildfire. Learn how to protect yourself and your family from a wildfire, evacuate safely during a wildfire, and how to stay healthy when you return home.

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If a tornado were to hit your town would you be ready? Know how to prepare your home and keep yourself and family safe when #tornados occur.

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Are you prepared for an #emergency? September is National Preparedness Month. Get a kit. Make a plan. Stay informed.

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June 22-28 is National Lightning Safety Week. #Lightning strikes may be dangerous, but you can protect yourself from risk even if you are caught outdoors when lightning is close by. Click to learn more.

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