Get a Kit. Make a Plan. Be Informed.

With Tuesday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake stunning the east coast, it shows Mother Nature can be unpredictable and we always need to be prepared.

June 1 marked the beginning of hurricane season and the U.S Army National Guard is preparing for the first possible landfall of the season.

Satellite image of Hurricane Irene, first hurricane to possibly make landfall on the United States this season. Are you prepared? (Image courtesy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

 

Ready.gov provides three simple steps to assist you in making sure you’re ready in the event of a natural disaster:

Step One: Build a Kit.

Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car in case you are told to evacuate.

Step Two: Make a Plan.

Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

Step Three: Be Informed.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms: lightningtornadoesfloodingstorm surgehigh winds, even landslides or mudslides can be triggered in mountainous regions.  Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.

Remember, this are only resources and tips; it is up to you to put this information into action. Check out other great resources below:

National Hurricane Center website: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml

Hurricane FAQs: http://www.aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/tcfaq/tcfaqHED.html

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service website: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/

Hurricane Season Preparations from DHS: http://www.dhs.gov/files/gc_1224786766297.shtm

Are you Ready? Share with us and others your tips for preparing for a nature disaster.