Disasters can happen at any time and anywhere, and you may not have much time to respond. Take these four steps toward preparedness.
Make a Plan - Talk to family and friends about the types of emergencies that can occur.
Build an Emergency Supply Kit(s) - Have a kit for your house, vehicle, and your place of work. Be prepared to shelter in your home or to be evacuated.
Get Training - Learn first-aid and CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation). Know how to shelter-in-place and how to turn off utilities (power, gas, water) to your home.
Volunteer - Volunteer in your community as a CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) member, a firefighter, or an emergency medical technician.
Prepare Your Emergency Kit(s)
There are basic steps you can take to ensure you are prepared at home, in your vehicle, and at work. By building an emergency kit, you and your family will have the basic survival items that are necessary during an emergency.
Download the Disaster Kit brochure from the American Red Cross and the Illinois Terrorism Task Force for an easy to use checklist of items suggested for your kit(s). Use the links below to download the brochure.
Gather the supplies that are listed. You may need them if your family is confined at home or evacuated.
Keep the items you would most likely need during an evacuation in an easy-to-carry container (Go Bag), such as a camping backpack or a duffle bag.