Why Prepare for Disaster

Disaster can strike without warning, forcing you to go for days without basic necessities or to evacuate your home. Relief workers will be on the scene following a disaster, but may not be able to reach you immediately.

You need to be prepared. Knowing the steps to take during a disaster—whether flooding, tornadoes, earthquakes or another crisis—can greatly reduce the danger and distress your family may face. This guide will help you and your family plan for a variety of emergency situations, persevere during them and recover afterward.

Contact your local emergency management office of American Red Cross chapter to learn which disasters could strike your community. Use their information, along with this guide, to help you prepare for and reduce the risks you face.