Preparedness Goals for 2016

The beginning of a new year is always a good time to stop and evaluate your goals. It’s common to make resolutions related to health and fitness in January and February, but what about making preparedness goals?

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Americans are woefully unprepared for natural disasters and emergency situations. A 2015 survey found that only 40 percent of participants have developed an emergency plan, and 60 percent of American adults have not taken part in a disaster or emergency drill within the last year.

In general, getting you and your family prepared involves three stages. The first stage is determining what your goals are and gathering information. The next step is to create a plan and hammer out the specifics of who, what, where, and how. Then, you and your family will be able to start collecting and assembling emergency supplies like a 72-hour…

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