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Are you and your family ready for an emergency?
As members of the Coast Guard family, we live Semper Paratus away
and at home, ready at a moment’s notice. But any number of hazards has the
potential to disrupt thousands of lives or affect your family. Ready Coast
Guard provides tips and information that can help you better prepare to
handle any emergency. Familiarize yourself with the links and resources
provided below and to the right, and take the three essential steps below to
prepare yourself and your family.
Are you ready? Take the
Ready or Not
Ready? quiz to find out.
Take your commitment to be ready one step farther and Pledge to Prepare. By
Pledging you will become part of the National Preparedness Coalition with
access to exclusive resources. Visit
www.Ready.gov and click
on the Pledge to Prepare button on the right hand side of the page to take
PREPARE WITH THREE ESSENTIAL STEPS --
Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit.
Emergencies can arise from weather and other natural hazards, industrial and
transportation accidents, influenza pandemics, and terrorist acts.
Anticipate and learn about the emergencies most likely to affect you and
your family. Knowing what to do can make all the difference when seconds
Make a Plan
You and your family members may not be together when an emergency strikes.
Planning ahead for various emergencies will improve your chances of keeping
in touch, staying safe, and quickly reuniting.
Build a Kit
Assemble a collection of first aid supplies, food, water, medicines, and
important papers that can sustain you and your family until a crisis passes.
(A three day supply for each family member is a good rule of thumb.)
Consider the unique needs of your family and pets, and then assemble
emergency supply kits in your home, car, and workplace.
Attention Cutters/Units (OCONUS)
To request a DVD with copies of the preparedness briefs
you can load onto your shipboard server, contact
The following videos test people's readiness.
Find out if they are:
Ready or Not Ready?
When emergencies occur, the Coast Guard is likely to be among the first
responders. Military and civilian organizations focus on the most critical
The following websites offer more information,
including useful links and checklists:
- Ready Campaign (www.ready.gov)
- Information, checklists, and printable forms to educate
and empower Americans to prepare for emergencies, including
natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks. Sponsored
by the U.S. Department of Homeland Defense. Listo
is the Spanish version of Ready.gov.
- American Red Cross (www.redcross.org)
- Preparedness guides and information for home, school,
work, and community. The Safe and Well List (https://safeandwell.communityos.org)
provides a way for disaster victims to communicate with
family members about their well-being.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
the principal federal agency for protecting the health and
safety of all Americans.
- Coast Guard Personnel Accountability and
https://cgpaas.uscg.mil - The Coast Guard's primary
system for personnel (Civilian employees, AD military,
Reservists, and our Dependents) accountability. Keeping the
contact and dependent information accurate is important to
quickly identify and account for our Coast Guard Family
following a disaster. Much of the data is pulled directly
from Direct Access and the Global Address List. You can
update the information directly in PAAS, but you still need
to update one of the Coast Guard other data sources or the
PAAS information will be overwritten during an update.
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (www.fema.gov/plan-prepare-mitigate)
- FEMA’s “Plan Ahead” site offers information on the range
of natural and manmade disasters and guidance for protecting
your family and property. Are You Ready? (www.fema.gov/areyouready)
is a comprehensive online and downloadable resource on
individual, family, and community preparedness. FEMA's
mobile app (https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app)
update encourages family, friends to keep in touch during
weather events, and offers preparation advice.
- PandemicFlu.gov/AvianFlu.gov (www.pandemicflu.gov)
- The most current information on pandemic and avian flu
from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- World Health Organization (www.who.int)
- Resources for epidemic and pandemic alert and response