Disaster Planning Is Critical...

What has to happen to get your attention and begin your disaster planning? Experts say most people aren't prepared for a disaster. Are you?

Those who are informed and have practiced  a plan are far more likely to be prepared for an emergency event than those who have not.

A Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. What would you do if your basic services: water, gas, electricity or telephones were cut off? After a disaster it is NOT always possible for officials and relief workers to reach everyone right away.



Natural disasters that occurred in 2011 resulted in the deaths of 30,000 people. The year was also costly financially for disasters around the world.

The 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami alone were estimated at more than $36 billion dollars. The economic loss relating to all 2011 disasters has been totaled at more than $350 billion dollars.

Hurricane Sandy, a late-season post-tropical cyclone, swept through the Caribbean and up the East Coast of the United States in late October 2012.

Cost: Superstorm Sandy caused $65 billion in damage in the U.S., making it the second-costliest weather disaster in American history behind only Hurricane Katrina,


Prepare In Advance

Disaster planning is the key so that people will do something sensible when things go wrong. People can–and-do–cope with disaster by preparing in advance, and by working together as a team.

The time to start is NOW, tomorrow might be too late. Even a little preparation and emergency planning could save your life, or at the least reduce many UN-necessary dangers to you and your family.

Start Your Emergency and Disaster Planning -
Follow the steps and links listed below:

1. Be prepared for all types of disasters that could happen in your area: Click on the links to open a specific event page, or to view and print the free event guides.

  • Earthquake Preparation Page

  • Power Outage Page

  • Hurricane Preparedness Page

  • Flooding Preparedness Guide

  • Tornado Preparedness Guide

  • Terrorism Preparedness Guide

  • Wildfires Preparedness Guide

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    2. Prepare yourself and your family to respond, before-during- and-after a disaster.

  • Family Disaster Planning Page
    Use the guides to practice and prepare with everyone in your household.

    Testing your plan is very important! Anyone who has had to experienced this kind of thing knows that planning isn't enough. If you don't know how to use an emergency radio or a first-aid kit, having one won't do you much good, will it?


  • 3. Pets are family too...Make an emergency plan for your pets.

  • Pet Planning Page

    If you are a pet owner, your emergency planning must include your pets. Being prepared can save their lives.



  • 4. Important Preparedness Lists & Survival Tips.
  • Survival Lists & Tips Page

  • On this page we will provide you with useful hints, ideas, survival planning lists, and basic practical facts.

    Survival Lists are a great way to get organized before a disaster or crisis, and good common sense tips will also help assist during an emergency situation.




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