The American Red Cross and FEMA agree: there’s a three-step program for becoming prepared for disasters. You need supplies to get you through the first few days after a disaster (“Get a Kit”), and you need to make a plan for what you and your crew will do when the disaster hits (“Make a Plan”).
Get a Kit
- Two variations on "get a kit": things you'll need to make it through the first three days after a disaster.
72Hours (City of San Francisco)
- Another take on disaster kits, this one including things you may already own. (Yes, it's San Francisco, but the principles apply here, too.)
- Easy-to-follow calendar for gradually building up your personal disaster supplies kit.
- You spend a lot of time there – you need to be ready at work, not just at home.
How much to have, how to store it, and how to use it when the lights go out.
- Like the rest of life, disasters require paperwork. Here's what you should have.
Make a Plan
Where is everybody? Where should they go? Whom should they call? Work it out ahead of time.
Don't forget Spot and Fluffy! Learn how to disaster-proof your four-legged family members.
- Disasters are even harder on older people. Some things to think about as you make your plan.
Prepare for Emergencies Now: Information for People with Disabilities (FEMA)
La preparación tiene sentido para las personas con discapacidades y necesidades especiales.
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- It’s often enough of a challenge to get around now. What if the world turns upside down?
Helping Children Cope with Disaster (American Red Cross)
Cómo ayudar a los ni?os a confrontar una catástrofe
- Kids don't have the same coping ability grown-ups do. Disasters are scary -- here's how to help your kids get through them.
Child Emergency Information Card (TeamSafe-T)
- Got kids? Make sure their teachers, coaches or daycare workers have the 411 on them.
Secure Your Space (Earthquake Country Alliance)
- Guide to securing your home, school, or office against earthquakes.
Got a Business? Make a Plan!
Yes, we know you're busy, but your small or medium-sized business needs disaster planning. A large proportion of small businesses that close because of a disaster never reopen. Don't let this happen to you!
- Easy-to-use tools for building your business' disaster plan. Where are your people? What do you do with your stuff?
Prepare for Emergencies (Small Business Administration)
- Tools, training, exercises, and SBA disaster assistance info.
7 Steps to an Earthquake Resilient Business (Earthquake Country Alliance)
- Surveying your business and making those first preparedness steps.
Ready Rating (American Red Cross)
- Red Cross-sponsored program providing assessments, tools and help to prepare your business.
Disaster Tips Sheets for U.S. Religious Leaders (National Disaster Interfaiths Network)
- What religious leaders have to say about preparing your congregation and your place of worship.
Think you're covered? Most homeowner's and renter's policies don't cover flood or earthquake damage. Read your policy, then check these resources for what you may be missing.
Earthquake Insurance (CA Department of Insurance)
CA Earthquake Authority
Earthquake Insurance Shopping Resources for Homeowners (United Policyholders)
The National Flood Insurance Program in CA Quick Guide (CA Department of Water Resources)
FloodSmart (National Flood Insurance Program)
- Disaster-related news, tips, and resources for insurance policyholders, from United Policyholders, a nonprofit educational and advocacy group.