The Emergency Kit You Don't Want

Before storms gear up, take advantage of the downtime to assemble an emergency kit, or replenish items in your existing kit. Here's one example of a preparedness kit you may not want. Thanks to the American Red Cross for providing this important message.

Does your child know what to do in case of fire?

#parents  Fires happen.
Do you have an escape plan for infants, children with mobility limitations, or other accommodations? Be prepared, not scared! #KCReady #firesafety

Preparedness starts with you.

When disaster strikes, you may not have much time to respond. A spill of hazardous material could mean immediate evacuation. A winter storm could confine your family at home. An earthquake, tornado or any other disaster could cut off basic services — gas, water, electricity and telephone — for days.

After a disaster, local officials and relief workers will not be able to reach everyone immediately. Help could come in hours, or it may take days. Will your family be ready?

You’ll cope best by preparing for disaster before it strikes. In this booklet, we offer simple guidelines that will help you and your family prepare for emergencies»

Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere. The time to prepare is now — before disaster strikes.

Fun Stuff

Find fun stuff here to help people of all ages prepare for disasters, including entertaining educational videos and coloring pages.

Preparedness Inventory

If you...

...have children • are a senior • have a disability
• need assistance with daily activities or transportation • take medication or use any type of equipment to assist you • have a service animal or a pet...

...then it's important for you to take steps ahead of time to prepare for disasters of all kinds. Take the first step in getting prepared and do an inventory. Get started with your inventory»