Emergency Preparedness Resources And Tools

Proper planning is the best way to keep you and your family safe during an emergency. Take part in Read.gov's PrepareAthon to make sure you and your family are ready in case a natural disaster strikes.

PrepareAthon℠ is here! We hope you’ve found activities in your area that you can participate in – or that you’ve helped organize. But if not, don’t worry – you can still participate by using this handy resource guide to check your own emergency preparedness plan and make sure you’re ready to act to keep yourself, your home and your family safe during an emergency.

1. The Basics of Emergency Preparedness

These are the foundations of your emergency preparedness plan and are absolutely essential to you and your family’s safety. Be sure you’ve got the following in place right now. Once you’ve got the basics in place, you can augment and supplement to make sure you’re ready to handle specific emergencies and natural disasters.

Emergency Kit

Make sure you’ve got everything you’ll need for yourself and your family when disaster strikes. Read our extensive guide to building an emergency kit for your family. And don’t forget your pets! You’ll need supplies to keep them safe with the rest of your family. Visit Ready.gov/caring-animals to learn more.

Communication Plan

Essential to your ability to stay in touch with family, make sure to download and complete the family emergency plan form from Ready.gov. Print several copies. Complete them and store them in a safe location.

2. Plan, Prepare & Act

These downloads will provide you with information on what to do to prepare for specific weather disasters:


Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States and may accompany other disasters and severe weather systems.



Deadly and destructive, wildfires threaten many homes every year.



Massive and devastatingly powerful, hurricanes can cause significant damage to your home and carry many dangers.


Power Outages

Sudden power outages can be frustrating. Prolonged outages can be dangerous.


We hope you found our posts during National Preparedness Month to be informative, educational, and entertaining. But we only touched on some of the more common emergencies and disasters you could encounter.

To learn more, we recommend you visit some of the following resources for detailed information and content on emergency preparedness.

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