5 steps you can take to get ready

Disasters can strike on ordinary days. But that doesn’t mean you should live in fear. With just a few easy steps, you can be ready when emergencies come. Here are five to get you started!

1) Have a plan.

Knowing what to do is an important part of getting ready for disasters. Know the what type of disasters are common in your area and come up with a plan for each of them.

Action step: Pick a place for you and your family to meet.

2) Know your H2O.

Water is critical to life. During a disaster, your taps might stop flowing or water may be contaminated. That’s why it’s critical to have bottled water in your emergency stockpile.

Action step: Add a three-day supply of water to your stockpile today.

3) Build your stockpile.

Speaking of stockpiles, yours should be complete! Add in plenty of non-refrigerated food. Make sure you have a flashlight, a battery-powered radio, first-aid kit and extra batteries.

Action step: Make a list of supplies and put together your stockpile.

4) Don't forget your pets.

Like humans, pets require at least a three-day supply of food and water. Pet food should be stored in airtight, waterproof containers. Include blankets, leashes or other supplies your pets will need.

Action step: Put together an emergency stockpile for your pets.

5) Get vaccinated.

Seriously, this is important. Getting vaccinated means there is one less person who can get sick and infect others.

Action step: Ask your doctor if you are up to date on your shots.

Get more preparedness tips at www.APHAGetReady.org.

American Public Health Association