Happy New Year, preparedness community! With the start of a new year, now is the perfect time to make resolutions that will help you prepare for any curveballs 2021 throws your way. As 2020 showed us, disasters come in all forms, from pandemics to hurricanes to floods, earthquakes, wildfires, winter storms, and more. Resolve now to be ready for emergencies and take action with the right steps.
Here are a few tips to get started:
- Review your emergency kit. Check for expired food, water, or batteries in your emergency kit and replace if necessary. Look over this checklist of emergency supplies and add what you may be missing. Don’t hesitate to add other supplies based on your individual needs.
- Assess your finances to maximize your resiliency. Consider making a budget and checking your credit score.
- Get involved with your community. Participate in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on January 18 by joining a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or taking a FEMA online course such as You Are the Help Until Help Arrives. This year, communities are shifting to virtual volunteer opportunities online. To find one near you, check out this helpful website to look for volunteer opportunities in your community or learn more about ways to volunteer at ready.gov/volunteer.
Starting with these simple steps can set you up for success this year and far into the future!