Prepare Before the Storm

Summer may have just started, but we are already well into tornado and hurricane season, which lasts until the end of November. Last year's storm season saw 10 hurricanes and 230 tornadoes strike the United States, and this year we have already witnessed the massive devastation caused by the tornado in Oklahoma.

If a storm hits your town, will you be prepared? 

What you can do to keep your family safe

Download and print our guide on preparing for emergencies and disasters. It takes you through the steps to gather vital information and documents you will need in a disaster situation, lists the supplies you need to have on hand, and tells you how to get news and important updates.

Take steps now, such as raising your outlets and clearing debris from your gutters, to get your house ready for a flood.

This manual is focused on service providers for runaway and homeless youth, but has information that is useful for all audiences: Ready for Anything: Disaster Planning Manual for Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs

Sign up for text messages from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to receive tips on hurricanes, tornadoes, and other emergencies directly to your phone.

Plan simple activities you can do with your children to help pass the time when there is no electricity or you have limited supplies available.

Children and adolescents can be especially impacted by the emotional upheaval caused by a storm or other kind of disaster. The Child Welfare Information Gateway has resources for coping with disasters