To Live Ready is to be prepared for whatever happens, wherever you are. How quickly you can get your life back to normal after a disaster depends on the emergency preparation and planning that you do today, including:
- Having the essential items that you and your family need to survivefrom food and water to shelter and first-aid suppliesespecially during the critical first 24 to 72 hours after an emergency.
- Having these critical items organized and accessible so you're never caught without themat home, away from home, or in an evacuation.
- Having a plan for what you and your family members will do in various emergency situations.
At Relief Pod, we think about what it means to Live Ready all the timewhen we're at home or the office, when we're in the car, and when we're at the theater, the grocery store, a sporting event, the gymand we design each kit to address your needs in different situations.
Use the sections below to learn more about how you can start to Live Ready today, whether you're planning for yourself, your family, your business, or your community. To learn about Relief Pod products that can support you in being prepared, visit the Live Ready Levels page.
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Individuals and Families
One of the most important things you can do for your family during an emergency is be prepared. When you have what you need and know what to do, you help reduce fear and make it easier for you and your family to get back to functioning quickly. Read more...
As you make your plans, consider the types of disasters that are most common in your area, and where you and your family spend time: home, school, work, the car, public transportation. Make sure that you can access your emergency supplies from these places, and that you're familiar with the emergency plans that are in place for your workplace, school, and other locations.
- Ready.gov: Kids helps children understand emergency preparedness in a fun, engaging way through games and activities; it also provides resources to help parents and teachers.
- Citizen Corps provides a list of resources for youth preparedness.
- Ready.gov: Caring for Animals helps you make emergency plans and preparations for your pets and provides access to a Pet Preparedness Toolkit.
- Ready.gov: Individuals with Access & Functional Needs offers guidance to those with special needs, with suggestions on items to include in an emergency kit and considerations for planning.
Companies and Businesses
Many people spend a significant amount of time at work, and businesses have a responsibility to their employeesand their customersto be prepared for emergencies. Having a solid emergency plan can help you ensure the safety of employees, customers, and others, and it can help you stay in business or get back in business quickly after a disaster. Read more...
The critical element is to create plans for various emergency scenariosand then to ensure that employees know, understand, and can follow through on these plans. You may need to prepare supplies, documentation, and policies. After you have your plans, you'll need to keep everyone informed and ready through regular communications and practice, such as drills.
Many communities are recognizing the importance of emergency preparation at a grass-roots level, in collaboration with local governments and national efforts. Churches, synagogues, mosques, community centers, schools, libraries, and other community organizations are getting involved in making preparations and educating their communities about how to be prepared. Read more...
- The Red Cross Ready Rating™ Program offers schools a way to assess preparedness and make changes to become more prepared.
- United We Serve provides a toolkit for community preparedness, with information on how to connect and work with organizations in your community.
- Citizen Corps is the official organization for community preparedness. The resources on this site can connect you to state, local, and tribal Citizen Corps Councils that are working to implement preparedness programs.
- The Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness is an online course designed to help individuals and communities prepare for emergencies; it is provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).