Stories in the news about floods, hurricanes, and other large-scale disasters make our hearts go out to the families in the affected areas. But do they also make you consider whether you’re prepared for emergencies?

No matter where you live, you need to think about what your family and community would do in case of an emergency. It’s unpleasant to think about the things that might bring harm to your family, but the best way to protect them is to be prepared:

  • Put together an emergency supply kit.
    Make a family emergency plan.
  • Be informed about the different types of potential emergencies in your area and the appropriate responses.
  • Get involved in preparing your community for emergencies.
  • Explore the Ready Kids website with your children and talk about their role in your family’s emergency plan.

Visit’s Child Safety resource for more information.