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Where To Start

Be ahead of the curve and prepare for a disaster. Did you know that ONLY about one-third of all Americans are prepared for a disasterAccording to RealtyTrac, approximately 43% of American Single Family Homes are at risk for having a natural disaster. 

Everyone should have a Disaster Plan and a Disaster Kit. Don't worry, there's an application for that too. Two great places to start are Ready.gov and the American Red Cross. These sites give general and specific planning advice for surviving different types of disasters.

To see the report on current and future use of technology during disasters, click here.

Documents To Gather In Advance of an Emergency

Disaster Plan

You can start with a Disaster Plan like this one offered by the American Red Cross, which includes free disaster plan templates you can download and print to discuss with your family. You can also print this family emergency plan from Ready.gov.

Disaster Philanthropy Playbook has toolkits and tip sheets that gather practical, proven strategies into applicable, step-by-step actions funders can take now to help their communities prepare, respond, and recover from major disasters.

Important Things To Know Before a Disaster 

Click here to watch a video from FEMA on six things to know before a disaster strikes.

Mitigating Hazards by FEMA 

For events on disaster preparedness, visit the DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

Disaster Kit

Don't stop with just the plan; make sure you have a kit, using this information from the Red Cross. If you can't afford to make a complete kit- see the list here from Ready.gov, start with just a few items and add to your kit until it's complete. You can download this free FEMA emergency supply checklist too.

Use your smart phone to help keep you prepared in a few different ways using the following applications:

If you don't have a smartphone, or want to save bandwidth by using text, FEMA can provide safety tips and find open shelters here. They can also send Wireless Emergency Alerts to phones that can receive them. Click here for more information.

The Google Crisis Map is a collection of national and regional-scale layers related to weather, hazards, and emergency preparedness and response, mostly for the US.

Business Preparation

Preparation for Attorneys

Start with the ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness' page.  There you will find great resources for attorneys planning for preparedness such as Surviving a Disaster: A Lawyer's Guide to Disaster Planning

Click here to see upcoming webinars, videos, and additional resources. 

Prepare for Anything and Everything

Disaster Preparedness for Pets - access article here.

America's Preparathon site is there to help with varied resources and activities to help make sure we're all prepared. 

If you make a plan and a kit, you are ready for most disasters. But for those who would like to prepare more, and more specifically, we have these offerings:

Do you need disaster preparation tips in another language?  Ready.gov can help in EspañolVietnamese, Chinese and others.  FEMA also provides more specialized training for emergency managers and regular people to take at their own pace.