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This September, You Can Be the Hero!
You could be anywhere when a disaster strikes – at work, at school or in the car. How will you know if your family is safe? How will you find each other? Take the time now to prepare you and your loved ones so you will be ready.
There are 4 actions you can take to make a difference and save lives:
1. Be Informed
Learn about the potential emergencies that can happen where you live and the appropriate ways to respond to them. When you know what to do, you can plan with your household and prepare in advance to be ready.
Natural Disasters & Severe Weather | Bioterrorism | Chemical Emergencies | Mass Casualties | Radiation Emergencies | Recent Outbreaks and Incidents
2. Make a Plan
Plan for what you and your loved ones will do during an emergency, including how you will get to a safe place, how you will contact one another, and how you will get back together. Then practice your plan on a regular basis, at least twice a year.
Visit Ready.gov to learn about Family Communication during an emergency, download a Family Emergency Plan template, and read more about school and workplace plans.
3. Build a Kit
Stock enough food, water, and other supplies to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Begin collecting the items on this supply list to assemble your emergency kit. Store an emergency kit at home, at work, and in your vehicle.
4. Get Involved
Once you and your family are ready for emergencies, get involved in preparing your community. Consider volunteering with the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to support your community during public health emergencies.