Disaster Preparedness for Individuals and Families

Disaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighborhood, workplace or school or can confine you to your home. What would you do if basic services – water, gas, electricity or telephones – were cut off?

Local officials and relief workers will be on the scene after a disaster, but they cannot reach everyone right away. The best way to make you and your family safer is to be prepared before disaster strikes.
  • Learn first aid and CPR with the Red Cross
  • Develop an emergency supply kit
  • Develop a family communication/evacuation plan and practice it
  • Find out if your place of employment has an emergency plan
  • Find out if your child's school has an emergency plan
  • Include your extended family in your emergency planning
  • Practice your family plan regularly

Affiliate: Volunteer
Volunteers are often needed during a disaster to aid victims, rebuild communities, educate the public and prepare for future disasters. Unfortunately, without proper training, screening and communication, showing up during an emergency can create a more dangerous situation. 

While you may be able to lend a hand on the spot, affiliating with an organization as soon as you can, before a disaster even strikes, is the best way to fill needed roles. It also offers many advantages such as training and the ability to fill vital roles quickly and effectively when needed. 
  • Contact Maine VOAD to find an organization in your area which actively recruits volunteers for emergency preparedness
  • Register with VolunteerMaine.org and be sure to opt into being contacted in the event of a disaster