Every community may experience a disaster, regardless of where you live in the United States.
Are you prepared?
Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, with little or no warning. Here are some numbers you need to know:
- Disaster affect nearly 1 million people each year.
- Since 1980, the occurrence of weather-related disasters have increased by more than 230%.
- 85% of Americans are unprepared for a disaster. (FEMA 2012)
- Less than half of Americans have a household emergency plan. (FEMA 2012)
- 62% of Americans don’t have any type of emergency kit prepared. (FEMA 2012)
To help individuals and families prepare for a disaster, The Allstate Foundation provides important safety information and tools to help people be aware of the risks in their lives and to protect themselves and their loved ones. Allstate agency owners across the country help prepare their local communities for disasters with emergency kit building events and public awareness campaigns.
How can you prepare for a disaster? Follow these three easy steps:
Your disaster preparedness kit should contain these basic supplies:
- Water (one gallon per person, per day)
- Ready-to-eat, nonperishable food (for family members and pets)
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- First-aid kit
- Whistle (to signal for help)
- Dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape
- Antiseptic and plastic garbage bags with ties (for sanitation)
- Wrench or pliers
- Local maps (to locate emergency services and shelters)
- Extra batteries
- Prescription medication
A household emergency plan should include the following information:
- Emergency contact names and numbers – mobile and landline (As an extra precaution, everyone in your family should program “In Case of Emergency,” or ICE, contacts in their mobile phones so emergency personnel can contact them if needed)
- Family meeting place in your neighborhood and an alternative meeting place in the region
- Personal details for each family member (date of birth, important medical information, recent photos)
- Addresses and phone numbers of the places family members frequent on a regular basis (work, school)
- Contact information for medical providers (doctors, pharmacist, veterinarian)
- Important medical and insurance information, including photocopies of your medical insurance card(s)
For a fill-in-the-blank household emergency plan and cards to download, print and keep close at hand, visit www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.
The strength of a community comes from each person who lives in it. By raising your hand to help your community prepare for a potential disaster, you can help people respond to and recover from an emergency situation.
Visit www.GoodandReady.org, go to the “Resources” page, and then click “Get Trained” to find a disaster volunteer team near you or consider contacting your local emergency management offices for trainings in your area.
When a major disaster strikes, The Allstate Foundation offers real-time financial support through an Emergency Response Fund. We also have key relationships with national nonprofit organizations like Feeding America to help those in the wake of a disaster who may be without power, food, water and other essentials. We are always prepared to aid communities devastated by natural disaster. We were there during Hurricane Katrina, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami, and most recently, Hurricane Sandy, where we donated $1 million to help communities rebuild.