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Preparing begins by talking with your families, households, communities and congregations about how to plan for disasters. Disasters may include emergencies that your community may be prone to such as tornados, floods, blizzards, and terrorist attacks, or disease outbreaks such as pandemic influenza. Preparing may include using checklists such as the one provided on this Web site to organize and build emergency kits or “go bags.” Questions to help guide preparation may include:

  • Do you have a family emergency plan?

  • Do you have a “go-bag” or emergency supplies prepared in your household?

  • Do you have an emergency supply of medical equipment for those individuals with special needs (examples may include elderly, infants, those with disabilities, etc.)

  • Do you know the phone numbers for all your family members in case of emergency?

  • Do you have a backup of these phone numbers in your wallet or purse?

  • Do you have an out-of-town contact who may assist in reunited family, sending essential materials, or provide a safe place for you and your family?

  • Do you know who to contact during a community- or state-wide emergency?

  • Do you know the phone numbers to your physician, pharmacist, medical insurance, homeowners insurance, employer, school, religious leader/organization, local Red Cross, local health department, local police department, and local/area hospital?

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