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The world has seen a significant increase in the number and the intensity of natural disasters within the last decade. The effects of Global Warming seem to be making the weather more and more unpredictable. Are people truly prepared to survive when extreme shifts in weather arise or when a natural or man-made disaster strikes? Unfortunately, it was made quite clear in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that most people simply are not prepared for such events.

At a minimum, every household should have a well stocked first aid kit, a disaster preparedness plan, and an emergency supply of food and water. The idea of planning and having these items available in case of emergency may seem like a daunting task to some. However, with a little time and effort it is really quite easy. By, taking the time to develop things such as an emergency plan, there is a greater chance of surviving should a natural or man-made disaster occur.

The Emergency Preparedness Information Guide can assist you with figuring out what types of kits and supplies you will need. The Guide also contains information on creating a disaster preparedness plan and how to stay informed of the types of natural disasters or emergencies in your surrounding area.

Do you know what basic supplies need to be included in a first aid kit? What happens if you are without power for several days, what would you do and where would you go if you are told to evacuate your home? Once you have gone through the information in the guide you will have the answers to these questions and a much better understanding of all types of emergencies and how to deal with them. For instance, you will learn how to plan for power outages, winter storms, extreme heat conditions, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, chemical spills and other disasters you’ve probably never thought of.

The minimum amount of time that needs to be planned for; when thinking about preparing for an unexpected emergency or natural disaster is 72 hours. A small first aid kit with just the basics is not going to cut if for a family who has become displaced or even trapped in their home for several days. What would you do if you were traveling during a blizzard and became stuck on a dark, back road with little to no visibility? Chances are you would not have food, water, or even enough heat to keep you warm until help arrived. So, what exactly do you need to do in order to prepare yourself?

Again, the Emergency Preparedness Information Guide will answer all of these questions for you. Whether you decide to purchase a fully stocked emergency kit or purchase the items and create the kit yourself, this guide will provide you with all of the information and tools you need to ensure that you are well prepared in any emergency.

Finally, be sure to check out the list of resources available in the guide. There are agencies such as the Red Cross and FEMA as well as local and state agencies that can provide you with additional information depending on where you live. This guide is for everyone and the information in it could save your life.

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