Step 3: Be Informed

The last step is to be informed. Learn about what the most prevalent disasters and emergencies are in your area. These can range from personal emergencies that only affect you and your family to natural disasters that can affect your entire community.
  • Know the different weather alerts and their meanings such as “warning” and “watch” and the actions you must take for each. A “watch” means that conditions are right for dangerous weather. In other words, to “watch” for potential dangerous weather in your area. For short-term weather events, like tornadoes, this means that the current weather conditions may cause a tornado to form. In longer-lived events, like hurricanes, a “watch” means that there is no immediate threat yet. A “warning” on the other hand means that dangerous weather is in the area.
  • Know what actions you should take in new areas, for example, if you are traveling or just recently moved locations.
  • Make sure at least one family member is trained in first aid and CPR and knows how to use a automted external defibrilator (AED).
  • Encourage family and friends to be informed and share what you have learned with them.
Step 3: Be Informed

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