26 Weeks to Emergency Preparedness

Every person must have a personal or family emergency plan. To ensure your safety and well-being, and that of your family, you can prepare now to take care of your basic needs for at least the first 72 hours following a disaster. Follow the 26 tips on this page (once a week or every two weeks), and within 6 months (or one year), you will be prepared. Be a hero, be prepared!

Get a portable container (or containers depending on the size of your family) with a lid to use as an emergency kit that will hold all your family’s emergency supplies for 72 hours. A plastic storage bin or garbage can works and one with wheels is ideal. Label the container and keep it in an accessible location near an exit, and make sure all family members know where it is.