2018 Sharing Key Messages in the New Year!

January 3, 2018

FEMA shares their National Seasonal Preparedness Messaging Calendar for 2018

Neighborhood meeting ideas around preparedness can be found here!

Key Messages

General Preparedness

  • Make a family emergency communication plan, include pets.
  • Identify an out of town emergency contact to coordinate information with family/friends.
  • Get to know neighbors and check on them during emergencies.
  • Keep copies of important documents in a secure place (digital or waterproof location).
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Create a rainy day emergency savings fund and keep cash on hand for emergencies.
  • Download the FEMA App and set up local alerts.
  • Listen to local officials by radio, TV, or social media and take action.

Financial Preparedness

  • Plan for out-of-pocket expenses for lodging, food, gas and more.
  • Review your insurance policies and update your coverage if necessary.
  • Be prepared for the cost of deductibles for insurance and medical co-pays.
  • Complete an Emergency Financial First Aid Kit at Ready.gov.

Life Safety Skills

  • Practice preparedness plans with a drill or exercise.
  • Take Until Help Arrives training and a first aid class to be able to help until first responders arrive.
  • Know how to shut off utilities where you live.
  • Know all emergency exits where you live, work and often visit.


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