Families come in all sizes. They include children, parents, grandparents, pets, and anyone else who may live in the same house. A disaster plan should include all the needs of each family member. True family readiness is achieved when a family has prepared and planned together.

It takes time to put together a disaster plan. Kids can be involved in each step with age-appropriate activities. Include children in family preparedness discussions and decisions.

Many families say getting “disaster ready” was a lot easier than they thought. Follow 4 simple steps to get disaster ready: build a kit, make a plan, be informed, and get involved.

Assemble a supply kit of things you may need in case of an emergency—for example, flashlights and extra batteries if you do not have power, bottled water if you are stuck in your home and may not have power or water. Also, keep a supply...

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