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Make a Plan
Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do in an emergency.
Build a Disaster Kit
Building a family emergency kit is crucial. During emergencies, you will need to be self-reliant for a period of time. You may want to consider two kits: a Go-Bag and a Stay-at-Home kit. A Go-bag includes essential items that you will take with you during an evacuation. It should be small and lightweight (like a backpack) and contain only the bare essentials (including copies of IDs and vital documents, a 14-day supply of medications, extra phone chargers, and a few personal items). A stay-at-home kit is designed for keeping you and your family ready for power outages and other longer-term issues. Make sure your stay-at-home kit includes five to seven days worth of food and water, personal grooming supplies, flashlights, a fire extinguisher, and copies of important documents.
You can stay informed in a number of ways. A battery-powered radio is great for times when the power is out. Before disaster strikes, know your zip code and whether or not you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. If you have special needs, be sure to contact 2-1-1 for services that may be available. And meet your neighbors. White Mountain residents have a long history of working together to overcome hardship, and meeting those that live around you is the first step to building those networks.
Know Your Neighbors
White Mountain area residents have a long history of working together to recover from disaster. Getting to know your neighbors now will help you work with them in the event of a disaster. Meeting your neighbors may also make you aware of those too elderly or too ill to independently plan or prepare themselves for a disaster.
Becoming a CERT Volunteer is a great way to be prepared for disaster, but even if CERT isn't for you, there are some simple steps you can take to prepare for disaster.