Four Pillars of Preparedness

Following a disaster, officials will not be able to reach everyone immediately. You should be ready to handle the emergency until help arrives. These Four Pillars of Preparedness will help you to be prepared.

Get a Plan: Create a communication plan that includes how family members will be reached following an incident, important phone numbers, and your out-of-state contact. Determine your home’s hazards and work to reduce potential damage. Collect and secure important documents. Plan for your pets. Shelters only allow service animals. Register any family members that qualify for the Special Needs Registry. Discuss evacuation plans, including where your family will go and what shelters are closest to you. For more shelter information, please see the “Local Shelters” video.

Get a Kit: Your kit should contain supplies for FIVE days and should include food, water, first aid kit, clothing, medications, hygiene items, bedding, comfort items, and entertainment items. For a more detailed list, please see the “Disaster Kit” video.

Be Informed: We offer several methods for sharing information. Sign up for CodeRED to receive text messages. Access the Accessible Hazard Alert System for up-to-date disaster videos. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Visit our website.

Be Involved: Be involved by joining one of our volunteer programs. Free training is provided by Alachua County Emergency Management. Please visit our website for more information.