Infographic: Are you prepared?

Are you prepared?

Act now to gather supplies and learn the skills you need to prepare and protect yourself and others in an emergency.

  • Gather enough personal needs, like food, water, and medical supplies, to last your family, including pets, at least 3 days.
  • Make a first aid kit that includes gloves, a thermometer, waterproof bandages, and antibiotic cream.
  • Talk to your doctor and your pet’s veterinarian about creating an emergency supply of prescription medicines.
  • Collect and protect important paperwork, such as insurance cards and personal identification.
  • Prepare for power outages with backup and alternative lighting and power sources, such as flashlights and a power bank for your cellphone.
  • Learn, practice, and teach others important practical skills, such as frequent handwashing, that can protect your health in an emergency.
  • When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to keep hands clean.
  • Have multiple, well-fitting masks for everyone ages 2 and older. Know and follow the masking recommendations and requirements of your state and local health departments.
  • Carry household disinfecting wipes to kill germs on frequently touched surfaces.

Prepare for everywhere—your home, work, and vehicles—because emergencies can happen anywhere.

For more information, visit: www.cdc.gov/prepyourhealth.

Page last reviewed: August 26, 2021, 12:35 PM