Emergency Preparedness for all Natural Hazards  

Emergency Preparedness for all Natural Hazards

The term hazard means “an event or physical condition that has the potential to cause fatalities, injuries, property damage, infrastructure damage, agriculture loss, damage to the environment, interruption of business, or other harm or loss” (Multi-Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment: A Cornerstone of the National Mitigation Strategy, FEMA, 1997). A single hazard may be caused by multiple events. For example, flooding may occur as a result of heavy rains, a hurricane/tropical storm, or a winter storm. The extent of flooding may differ depending on the event. Developing a family evacuation plan and preparing for the possibility of a natural hazard can help to ensure your family’s safety during the occurrence of multiple types of events.      

Protect yourself & other people: The person most responsible for your safety and well-being is YOU!

Make considerations for and customize plans for individual needs and responsibilities based on the methods of communication, types of shelter and methods of transportation available.

Have a plan: Know where you will evacuate to, and the best way to get there. Have necessary supplies kit(s) ready to use.

If an evacuation order has been issued... 

  • Unplug electrical equipment, such as radios and televisions, and small appliances, such as toasters and microwaves.
  • Turn off gas, electricity, and water to the house.

 Assemble a supplies kit for your home, work and car. Click here to learn what to pack 

  • Home:  keep the kit in a designated place and make sure everyone in the family knows where it is. The kit should contain essential food, water, and supplies for at least three days.
  • Work: Have one container that is ready to grab and go in case you are evacuated from your workplace. Make sure you have food and water, and comfortable walking shoes
  • Car: The kit should contain food, water, first aid supplies, flares, jumper cables, and seasonal supplies

For Parents with babies and/or small children: Have an emergency supplies kit for baby including:

  • diapers
  • wipes
  • medications
  • bottles
  • formula
  • water (for cleaning, and mixing with powdered formula)
  • battery operated fan
  • jars of baby food for 3 days
  • blanket
  • click here for additional information

Protect pets from the hazard: When you evacuate take your pet with you! Call hotels ahead of time to find out which ones accept pets. Choose a designated pet caregiver who will be responsible for picking up your pet if an evacuation is necessary when you are not at home.  This caregiver should have keys to your home and know the location of your pet survival kit (see kit materials below). If you have a pet rescue sticker on your house be sure to either remove it or write 'evacuated' across it when you evacuate.

Indicate which shelters in what areas take pets.

PDFs: pets_brochure.pdf    PrinterFriendly_Pets.pdf   PrinterFriendly_PetOwners_ES.pdf

Assemble a pet survival kit to bring with you including:

  • Recent photo for identification purposes
  • medications including heartworm and flea treatments, and vitamins
  • veterinary records and contact information
  • bottled water for 7 days
  • enough food for 7 days
  • can opener
  • food and water dishes
  • first aid kit and other supplies
  • secure pet carrier or leash
  • liquid disinfecting dish soap
  • disposable garbage bags for clean up
  • identification tags (consider having an identification microchip implanted into your pets by your veterinarian)

Additional items for cats:

  • cat litter and pan
  • pillowcase (for taking a scared cat to the vet)
  • Additional items for dogs:
  • yard stake and long leash or rope
  • cage liner

Additional items for birds:

  • Blanket for cold weather
  • spray bottle for warm weather (to moisten feathers to keep cool)
  • secure travel cage
  • catch net
For more information, visit http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals