It can take first responders up to 72 hours to reach people in noncritical situations following a disaster.

Here are some practical tips to help you prepare for the unexpected:

Sometimes an emergency can meaning having to stay home for a few days- this is one of the easiest types of emergencies to prepare for.

By taking a few basic steps and a few minutes of maintenance twice a year, you can make what could be misery into a tolerable wait.

  • Plan and practice a home emergency/ evacuation plan with your family.
  • Include a list of where emergency supplies and equipment are stored.
  • Identify an emergency out-of-town contact.  
  • Talk to your children about what to do if they’re away from home during an emergency.
  • Know the emergency policies at your children’s school or daycare.
  • Consider specific precautions for anyone in your household with special needs. 
  • Make necessary arrangements for your pets as they may be prohibited in hotels and public shelters. 
  • Store important documents such as birth certificates, passports, wills, financial documents and insurance policies in a location outside your home such as a bank or credit union safety deposit box. 
  • Consider opting in to receive special “emergency Twitter alerts” from law enforcement and public safety organizations and/or emergency management agencies. Issued during a crisis or emergency, the tweets contain updated information such as public safety warnings and evacuation




• Make a list of your possessions in case you have to make an insurance claim. The inventory form should include the name of your insurer and local insurance representative, your insurance policy number, coverage, deductible and expiration date. Consider keeping a copy of your policy with the inventory.

• Break down the replacement cost of possessions by room to help determine if you have adequate coverage. Remember it’s not what you paid for something, but what it would cost to replace it. Keep this information up to date to reflect any recent purchases.

• Keep videos and photos of furniture and other contents of each room of your home. • Store your inventory list, along with accompanying videos and photos, in a location outside your home such as a bank or credit union safety deposit box.


None of this sounds fun or exciting, until the shit hits the fan.

You are smart enough to know that it is a when more than and if for something big to go wrong.

Behave as smart as you are: do this basic preparation and hope you never need to use it.