Infographic: Prepare for Everywhere - Family Preparedness
Prepare for Everywhere: Family Preparedness
Planning what to do before a disaster strikes is the best protection for you and your family.
- Healthy Families: Families that practice good health behaviors are more likely to remain healthy during a disaster and disaster recovery.
- Vaccinations: Make sure everyone has the vaccinations they need.
- First Aid & CPR: Take Training in first aid and CPR. Knowing how to spot symptoms and knowing how to perform emergency aid can save a life.
- Hand Washing:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds.
- When water is not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Wash hands before preparing or eating food and after going to the bathroom.
Have a Plan
- Only 39 % of Americans have developed an emergency plan and discussed it with their family.
- Know which disasters are common in your area and how to prepare your home and family.
- Learn community warning signs and how to react to different alerts.
- Know when you should shelter-in-place and where the safest place in your home is during different emergencies.
- Find escape routes in your home and evacuation routes in your community. Practice using these routes with your family.
- In case of an emergency, carry an emergency contact card so that responders know how to get in touch with your loved ones.
- Emergency Contact Card:
- Date of Birth
- Home Phone
- Emergency Contact
- Out-of-town Contact
- Phone Number
- Special needs, medical conditions, allergies, & other important imformation
- Keep the emergency contact card in your wallet, purse, or children’s backpack.
- Emergency Contact Card:
Gather Emergency Supplies
- 48 percent of Americans do not have emergency supplies for a disaster.
- Your emergency kit should include:
- extra batteries
- extra cellphone charger
- first aid kit
- personal documents
- Emergency Supply of Food
- Store enough food to feed everyone in your home for 2 weeks, and don’t forget a can opener!
- Choose foods that you eat regularly, need no refrigeration, require no preparation, and require no cooking.
- Emergency Supply of Water
- Have at least a 3-day water supply for each person in your home.
- 3 day supply = 1 gallon per person per day (including pets).
- Your Family is Unique. Your Emergency Kit Should Be Too.
Gather items in your emergency kit specific to your family’s needs like:
- asthma inhaler
- eye glasses
- important documents
- baby formula and diapers
- toys or games for children.
For more information visit: emergency.cdc.gov/npm.
Page last reviewed: December 21, 2020, 10:25 AM
Content source: Center for Preparedness and Response