are you ready?

September represents something you don’t want to miss: National Preparedness Month. In the wake of recent disasters like the Colorado floods and California wildfires, one can never be too careful—no matter where you live. This month, we’re focusing on easy, effective ways you and your family can be ready for anything.

Allison’s Get-Ready Tips:

“ICE,” baby. Create an “In Case of Emergency Kit” with plenty of provisions in the event of a disaster. (The CDC recommends having enough food and water to last at least 72 hours, and you’ll also want to keep any of your family’s special needs in mind.) Click here for a handy checklist of recommended supplies.

Make a master plan. Having a plan in place will help you stay calm and focused if disaster does strike (and provide peace of mind as to the whereabouts of your loved ones). Create a family emergency plan with the help of this free form from

Scope out your surroundings. What types of disasters are most likely to occur where you live? Being in the know can make you more prepared—and keep your family safe. Sign up for Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), a free text message service for WEA-enabled cell phones that provides alerts for potentially dangerous situations, severe weather, or AMBER emergencies near you.

Reach out and help someone. Maximize your impact by volunteering with an organization like the Red Cross, which offers many ways to help in the wake of disaster.

Allison’s Must-Have Tools

Plastic Trash Can—This everyday item can do important double-duty by storing and protecting your family’s emergency kit.

Car Survival Kit—Disasters can happen anytime, anyplace, so travel smart by keeping a small emergency kit in your car for on-the-road protection.

Handy Hint

Get all-in-one assistance from the FEMA app, which features disaster safety tips, an interactive emergency kit checklist, and a map of open shelters and recovery centers. Check it out and download here.


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