It is NOW time for making goals and emergency preparedness plans. The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Ready Campaign is asking Americans to Resolve to be Ready in 2013 by putting emergency preparedness at the top of their list of things to do.
Individual planning is the cornerstone of emergency preparedness. All Americans are urged to consider the importance - and real value - of being prepared for all hazards.
Being Ready for emergencies can be an easy task to do by following the Ready Campaign's three simple steps:
- Get an emergency supply kit.
- Make a family emergency plan.
- Be informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area and their appropriate responses.
By taking these three steps - in particular having an emergency supply kit at home, work, and in the car - Americans will be prepared for severe storms that may cause power outages and flooded areas. Each of these kits should include basic necessities such as water, food and first-aid supplies to help you and your family survive if you are without power or become stranded in your vehicle. Complete checklists for each kit are available at www.ready.gov.
By making the decision to "Resolve to be Ready" in 2013 and following the simple preparedness steps in advance, Americans will minimize the impact of emergencies on themselves, their family, and their businesses. By visiting www.ready.gov or calling 1(800)BE-READY, individuals can access free materials that will help them make plans that will bring their families peace of mind.