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Plan Ahead for Disasters

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National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month.

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Prepare for hurricanes now. Know where to go if asked to evacuate quickly and how you and your family will get there.

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If you approach a flooded road or walkway, follow this rule: turn around, don't drown!

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Know your evacuation plan and leave if asked by local officials.

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Video: Six Things to Know Before a Disaster

Every minute counts during a disaster – plan now so you’re prepared. Here are six important things to know before a disaster strikes.

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If there is a wildfire in the area, be ready to evacuate on short notice.

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Make and Practice Your Plan

Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can. Make an emergency plan today & practice it.

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Extreme Heat

Drink plenty of water even if you do not feel thirsty. Heat kills by pushing the human body beyond its limits.

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Be Informed

Know the risks about different disasters and hazards that could affect you & your family where you live, work, and go to school.

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Get Involved

Get involved in your community by taking action with FEMA’s citizen responder programming to help your community become prepared.

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Financial Preparedness

April is National Financial Capability Month. Protect your family by financially preparing before an emergency strikes.

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Youth Preparedness

Learn more about youth preparedness and how you can get involved in your community.

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Active Shooter

Be informed about what to do during an active shooting. Remember to RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.

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Nuclear Explosion

A nuclear explosion may occur with or without a few minutes warning. Learn what you can do: Get inside, stay inside, and stay tuned.

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