Do 1 Thing

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.

That's why we love Do 1 Thing, a 12-month program that helps you take small steps toward getting yourself, your family and your community ready for an emergency or disaster.

Here's how it works: 

  • Each month, download the PDF.
  • Choose one of the three options to help you get prepared.
  • Do it!

You can jump in and get started at any time!

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MONTH 1 - Make a Plan

Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk.  
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MONTH 2 - Water

Have 5 to 7 days’ worth of water stored for your household.
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MONTH 3 - Sheltering

Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter. 
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MONTH 4 - Food

Have an emergency food supply that will meet the needs of your household for 5 to 7 days without outside help. 
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MONTH 5 - Work, School and Community

Make sure the people who count on you are prepared for a disaster. 
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MONTH 6 - Unique Family Needs

Be aware of and prepare for your family’s unique needs. 
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MONTH 7 - Family Communication Plan

Have the ability to communicate with family members during a disaster. 
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MONTH 8 - Get Involved

Make your community stronger by getting trained and getting involved. 
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MONTH 9 - Be Informed

Make sure everyone in your household can receive, understand, and act on information received in an emergency. 
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MONTH 10 - Power

Be able to safely meet your basic needs during an electrical outage. 
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MONTH 11 - Emergency Supplies

Remember important items that may be overlooked when leaving your home in a disaster. 
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MONTH 12 - First Aid

Be prepared to give first aid while waiting for an ambulance. 
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