Emergency Preparedness Tips

Amy Long Carrera, MS, RD, CNSC, CWCMS
Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
08/12/14  5:28 PM PST
Updated September 10, 2021

September is National Preparedness Month!

Make sure you’re prepared for anything with these steps:

Be informed. Find out about which types of disasters, including natural, technological and home fires are likely to occur in your area. Be on the alert for wireless emergency alert text messages on your cell phone. For current disasters affecting your area click here.

Make a plan. Be sure your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency. Download the Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids at www.fema.gov.

Build a kit. Set aside enough food, water and supplies to last at least 3 days.

    • Food
      • Choose foods with a long shelf life that your family will eat and that are low in salt, which will increase thirst: salt-free crackers, whole grain cereals and low-sodium canned foods with a high liquid content.
    • Water
    • Emergency supplies
      • Flashlights, blankets, matches, batteries, etc.
    • Medications
    • Medical supplies 
    • Pet food

Get involved. Join the National Preparedness Community for tips, links, discussions and events at community.fema.gov.

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