1. Make a Family Emergency Plan.
- 4 Steps To Prepare Your Family For Disasters, (Spanish), AA of Pediatrics
- FEMA Family Emergency Communications Plan NEW
2. Sign up for National and Local Emergency Alerts and Mobile Apps.
3. Select a form, record Your Family Plan and make copies for each family member.
4. Assemble a “Grab and Go” 72-hour Kit for use if required to evacuate.
- Emergency Checklist, lifeorganizers.com
- Food Ideas: Coast Guard Rations, Survival Food Tabs, or MRE's (all have long shelf life)
- Water Idea: Life Straw Personal, http://eartheasy.com/green-home/water-filtration/lifestraw
5. Organize Important Documents to "Grab and Go" if required to evacuate.
- Important Legal Documents & Financial Statements, pdfederalcu.org
- The Grab-n-Go Binder, thesurvivalmom.com,
6. Store some Water.
Store one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days. Store more if possible.
7. Build a Three-month Supply of food you eat and rotate.
8. When you have three months, gradually build a Long-term Supply of basic food.
Basic Food Storage kits available at LDS Washington DC Welfare Complex, 7979 Penn-Randall Place, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 301-735-5439. It is no longer possible to check out dry pack equipment to use at home.
Precanned items also available at http://store.lds.org/
9. Build a Financial Reserve.
- The Basics of Family Finances, (Spanish)
- Online Financial Calculators
- Online Personal Finance Course, developed by the BYU Marriott School of Management.
“To be sure your life will be full and abundant, you must plan your life” Spencer W. Kimball
10. Store Medication and First Aid supplies.
11. Store Bedding and Clothing.
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13. Refer to Manuals & Guides for further help on Emergency Preparedness:
- Family Emergency Preparedness Guide, 52 pgs, by SW UT Public Health Dept.
- Family Preparedness Manual, 2004, 101 pgs, Guide to Emergency and Financial Prep
- FEMA: Are You Ready? (Spanish), 2004, 204 pgs., Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- LDS Preparedness Manual, 2008, 222 pgs., Compiled by Parrett
- Preparing for Disaster, (Spanish), 2004, 14 pages, FEMA/Red Cross
- Ready.Gov: Get a Kit, Make a Plan, Be Informed, (Spanish)
- Virginia Dept of Emergency Management, (Spanish), Virginia Specific Emergency Information
- Red Cross "Plan and Prepare ", (Guides available in Spanish)
14. Go to Resource Library and Event Handouts for more Information.
15. Go to Links to Shop for Food and Emergency Supplies.
“As long as I can remember, we have been taught to prepare for the future and to obtain a year’s supply of necessities. I believe the time to disregard this counsel is over. With the events in the world today, it must be considered with all seriousness. Create a plan if you don’t already have one, or update your present plan. We are not in a situation that requires panic buying, but we do need to be careful in purchasing and rotating the storage that we are putting away.” Elder L. Tom Perry