Review the items recommended for a disaster supplies kit or print the Homeland Security Emergency Supply checklist.
Ask about planning at your workplace and your child's school or daycare center. The US Department of Education gives guidelines for school preparedness. Workers at small, medium, and large businesses should practice for emergencies of all kinds.
Being prepared means staying informed, so check all types of media – Websites, newspapers, TV and mobile phones – for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you information on such things as open shelters and evacuation orders.
Look into taking first aid and emergency response training, participating in community exercises, and volunteering to support local first responders.
Homeland Security promotes emergency preparedness all year round via the Ready America campaign. Checklists and information are available in English and in Spanish by phone (1-800-BE-READY and 1-888-SE-LISTO).