1. Don’t be there. If you are warned that the Storm of the Century is coming, get out of the area for a few days.
2. Have a 72 hour or Bug-Out Bag. Have it packed with stuff you are going to need for each person. Check list of what to pack are on the Red Cross web site at www.redcross.org and all over the internet. The important thing is to HAVE ONE. Two is better. One in your car and one in your house would be optimal.
3. Have a PLAN. PANIC is not a plan. Storms, earthquakes and fires happen all the time. Know how you are going to evacuate. Know where to go. Have a communications plan if you get separated. Assume there will be no power or cell phone service. Out of state phone and cell lines will likely not be so busy. Have an out of state contact that you can relay messages through.
4. Be American! This is not France or Pakistan. Cowboy up! Americans step up and help each other. We don’t prey upon each other. That is going to mean that we take responsibility for our own welfare. We might have to help take care of our neighbors too. Make preparations BEFORE the next emergency.
Some people got caught flat footed this time. Get ready for the next one. Take care of yourselves and your families. FEMA isn’t coming.