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National Preparedness Month 2015 (video runtime 4:50)

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 and click on the Pledge to Prepare button on the right hand side of the page to take the Pledge.

Be informed. Make a plan. Build a kit.

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Be Informed

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 count.
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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.
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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.
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The following videos test people's readiness. Find out if they are: Ready or Not Ready?

play video icon Do You Have an Emergency Kit?
play video icon Do You Know Where the Shelters Are?
play video icon What's in Your Family Emergency Plan?

When emergencies occur, the Coast Guard is likely to be among the first responders. Military and civilian organizations focus on the most critical needs first.

The following websites offer more information, including useful links and checklists:

  • Ready Campaign ( - 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 America ( is the Spanish version of
  • American Red Cross ( - Preparedness guides and information for home, school, work, and community. The Safe and Well List ( 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 Assessment System - 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 ( - 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? ( is a comprehensive online and downloadable resource on individual, family, and community preparedness. FEMA's mobile app ( update encourages family, friends to keep in touch during weather events, and offers preparation advice.
  • ( - The most current information on pandemic and avian flu from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • World Health Organization ( - Resources for epidemic and pandemic alert and response issues.

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Readiness Resources

Take the ‘Ready or Not Ready?’ Quiz

Find Out How You Did on the ‘Ready or Not Ready?’ Quiz

Preparedness Briefs

Be Informed - Hazard and Other Fact Sheets and Activities

Make a Plan - Emergency Plan Tips and Forms

Build a Kit - Emergency Kit Tips and Checklists


Readiness Tips of the Month




National Preparedness Month Archive

National Preparedness Month 2013
(with ADM and Mrs. Papp)
(video runtime 2:32)

First Responders (with Mrs. Papp)

Regional Preparedness (with Admiral Papp)

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