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Suggestions for Personal Preparedness Planning

  1. Put together 2 Emergency Supply Kits. One should contain everything needed to stay where you are and make it on your own. The other should be a light-weight, smaller version you can take with you if you have to get away. For articles to include in Emergency Supply Kits, click here.

  2. Make a Family Communication Plan. You and your family may not be together when an emergency strikes, so your Family Communication Plan should include plans on how to contact one another in different situations. Click here for ideas on how to develop a Family Communications Plan.

  3. Organize Important Paperwork. Organize your important legal, financial, and insurance paperwork. When you have six feet of water in your living room is not the time to wonder whether or not you have insurance for this kind of thing. For tips on organizing your Important Paperwork, click here.

  4. Make a Checklist for Service Animals and Pets. You love them and rely on them. In an emergency, they will also need you. Click here for the Humane Society's Disaster Preparedness Checklist for Service Animals and Pets.

  5. Make Arrangements for a Support Network. In the event of a serious disaster, you may need assistance from your personal support network. Arrangements made prior to an emergency will be crucial. For tips on Making Arrangements for a Support Network, click here.


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1961 Route 6,
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