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Preparedness for General Population

Updated September 4, 2013
Could you get survive on your own for a few days if your community experienced an emergency or disaster? Each family should make preparations now for immediate or potential situations that threaten life, property or the environment.  Follow these three basic steps and be prepared!
Learn three steps on how to prepare for an emergency or disaster.

1. Build a Kit.

• Assemble enough emergency supplies for at least 3 days.
• Include pet supplies, medicines, diapers and infant formula, if needed.
• Don't forget your ID along with other important papers.
• Use easy-to-carry bags or bins. Consider a second kit for the car.

2. Make a Plan.

• Pick a friend to call if you get separated from family
• Know where to meet
• Make a list of important information
• Talk with your family
• Practice your plan
• Be Informed About What Might Happen
• Read more about school and workplace plans.
 Learn more about making a plan.

3. Be Informed.

• Listen to your local news stations such and have a battery operated radio on hand
• Make every effort to follow instructions from emergency officials
• Sign up for local emergency alert notifications


4. Get Involved.

Get Involved before disaster strikes! Here are a few ways you can help:
• Volunteer to support disaster efforts in your community. Get trained and volunteer with a Community Emergency Response Team, Medical Reserve Corps unit and/or other Citizen Corps Partner Program or Affiliate organization.  Manylocal faith-based and community organizations have programs active in supporting disasters too. View more volunteer opportunities.

• Be part of the  community planning process . Connect and collaborate with your local emergency planning group, Citizen Corps Council or local emergency management agency. Contact nearest planning organization.

• Join or start a preparedness project. Find an event or identify local resources, build a team, choose a project, set goals and serve your community by improving the preparedness of your friends, colleagues and neighbors. Get started.

• Support major disasters by donating cash or goods which may help meet the needs of your community in times of disaster. Learn more.

Sign up for the Santa Clara County Emergency Alert System (AlertSCC) today, to receive local emergency alerts!​
Pledge to Prepare by joining the National Preparedness Coalition!

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