Although we cannot control the increase in severe storms, we can take steps to analyze the risks and prepare. Here are three steps toward that goal:
Analyze the risks you can expect in your area. For example, if climate change projections suggest you may experience increased flooding, you would want to know:
To support this assessment process, our organization’s ClimateWise services are available to provide communities with climate change projections for specific regions and help them facilitate multi-stakeholder workshops to begin planning for climate change impacts.
Gather all involved (family, friends, neighbors, work colleagues) and discuss what you learned about the extreme weather risks in your area. Discuss with them what you would do if family members are not home when a warning is issued. Additionally, your plan should address the following:
For more details, see the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manual, “Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness.”
Most people rush to the store upon the first news of disaster and leave sorely deprived of what they really need in the emergency. FEMA recommends the following items for your disaster supplies kit:
Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some FEMA tips to keep your supplies in good condition:
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