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In this series created from the information on ready.gov, you have learned about two of the three ways to be prepared for any emergency: (1) get a kit and (2) make a plan. Finally, to assure you know how to respond to particular emergencies, (3) be informed:
Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are the same for both a natural or man-made emergency.
However, there are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the potential emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them.
In addition, learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government.
Emergency preparedness is no longer the sole concern of earthquake prone Californians and those who live in the part of the country known as "Tornado Alley." For Americans, preparedness must now account for man-made disasters as well as natural ones. Knowing what to do during an emergency is an important part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Visit the "Be Informed" pages at ready.gov to find out more about each of the potential threats in the list below and how to organize yourself and your family to react quickly and minimize danger:
•Landslide and Debris Flow (Mudslide)
•Winter Storms and Extreme Cold
To learn about how to keep food safe during an emergency, visit foodsafety.gov. To find specific information about dealing with emergencies in your local area, visit the ready.gov community pages. To be notified of future Get Organized articles, click on "subscribe" above.