The best way to handle an emergency is to prepare for it. Keeping important items safe and accessible can help you stay alive and healthy and facilitate recovery efforts. Knowing the proper ways to deal with injuries or evacuate could help avert added tragedy.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Red Cross urge everyone to get and stay ready for disasters such as fires, floods, hurricanes, and outbreaks. Now's the time to stock up on items and skills that can carry you and your family through sudden difficulties. Follow these tips to prepare for an emergency at home.


1. Devise a Disaster Response Plan

Talk with your household about how you will prepare for and handle different kinds of emergencies that can happen in your area. Delegate responsibilities for each person and discuss how you will all work together. Even young children can be a part of this process. Run drills to practice emergency scenarios. Consider what you all should do if you are separated during a disaster. Decide how and where you will go if you have to evacuate. Be sure to plan for pets.

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