Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
Having the right emergency survival kits, first-aid kits and emergency supplies on hand ahead of time is like having a spare tire in the trunk of your car: You hope not to have a flat tire, but itâ€™s nice to know that a spare tire is there, ready for use, and to keep you going. Emergency preparedness is essential in this day and age.
You should also be ready to be self-sufficient for at least three days. This may mean providing for your own shelter, first aid, food, water, and sanitation.