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Benefits news: Tips for emergency preparedness

Apr 3, 2015

Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don't know where to start, so they never start at all. Do 1 Thing is a 12-month program that makes it easy for you to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for emergencies or disasters. 

For example, the Goal for April: Have an emergency food supply that will meet the needs of your household for three days without outside help. 

An emergency food supply doesn't have to sit on a shelf, ready for disaster to strike (although it can). It can be part of the food you use every day. The key to a good food storage plan is to buy ahead of time. Replace items before they run out. Buy items when they are on sale. A large duffle bag or plastic tub with a lid makes a great storage place for an emergency food supply. Make sure your family, including pets, will have what they need when disaster strikes.

Review other helpful information on the CDC or  Ready.Gov websites.

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