Before Disaster Strikes

Make a Plan

Know what to do before hazards arise and disaster strikes. There are steps you can take to be prepared for a disaster, the most important action is to make a plan. Speak with those close to you to develop a plan for when a disaster happens, make an emergency kit, and be familiar with what to do before, during, and after a disaster.

Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan. 

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? 
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my family/household communication plan?
  4. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

Consider specific needs in your household. Keep in mind some of these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Create a family emergency plan. Use’s form to make your plan.

Make an Emergency Kit

An emergency kit is crucial for ensuring the safety and well-being of individuals during a disaster or crisis. Having essential supplies readily available can make a significant difference in successfully navigating challenging situations and minimizing the risks associated with emergencies.

How Should I Prepare?

Use the links below to learn more about how you should prepare yourself and your loved ones.

Are You Correctly Insured?

The type of insurance and amount of coverage you have can make or break your ability to respond and recover from a disaster. Take the time now to make sure your coverage and policies are up-to-date and covering your important assets.

Signup for Alerts

When seconds count, be informed. Get notified by your local emergency response team in the event of an emergency or disaster. You’ll get information quickly in a variety of situations such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, and evacuations of building or neighborhoods.