It’s not luck! Don’t leave disaster preparedness to chance

Four-leaf clovers, leprechauns and rainbows won’t help you prepare for disaster this St. Patrick’s Day.

As spring approaches, hurricane and wildfire seasons approach, along with an increased threat of tornadoes. It is important to do all you can not to leave disaster preparedness to chance. Although we cannot control when and where disasters occur, we can take the chance to prepare for them!

Here are some ways to leave luck behind and prepare for disaster:

Know your risk

Being aware of the risks in the areas where you live and work helps you better prepare for disasters. If you know your area is at risk for tornadoes, you know you need to understand the dangers, when it can happen, and where to take shelter. For example, your plan may be different in the southeast, where nighttime tornadoes are more common.

To make sure you’re notified of disasters and emergencies in your area, it’s a good idea to have multiple ways to receive emergency alerts. Download the FEMA app to receive real-time alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations nationwide. Don’t forget to use the app to sign up for community alerts in your area.

Make a plan

Knowing what to do in an emergency can help you respond faster and better when it matters most. Making a plan with your family can make a big difference in your response.

Be sure to keep the needs of each family member in mind when developing a plan, including the needs of your pets.

Build a kit

You may need to evacuate quickly or take shelter for long periods during a disaster. Having the supplies you need during these times means you’ll have less to worry about.

The kit you build should include things like:

  • Several days supply of food and water.
  • Flashlight and batteries.
  • First aid kit.
  • A whistle to call for help.
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet.
  • Medicines needed.
  • Blankets.

Don’t leave disaster preparedness to chance! Visit for more tips on how to prepare for disasters.

Visit the It’s not luck! to learn more about this annual spring awareness campaign that reminds everyone not to rely on luck to prepare for disasters.