Are you sure that you are prepared?

The plethora of resources available

 There are several different website available, established by various organizations, groups, and governments, that address emergency preparation. While they cover much, they also overlap considerably, and sometimes it can be a fire hose! Below are sources to help you get informed, and READY!

Also, see our Staying Connected page, on how to better 'stay connected' with the world during an emergency.  See the various other sources of Emergency preparation below. 

Zombie Preparedness? Really?!

 In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests preparing for a zombie apocalypse. After all, if you're prepared for a zombie apocalypse, you'll be prepared for several different emergencies at once!


3 steps to Prepare For An Emergency

It’s as Easy as 1-2-3

Getting prepared may sound difficult or time consuming but – with a little help from the Red Cross – its actually very doable.

  1. Build a Kit (for home, car, work, etc)
  2. Make a Plan (where to go, stay, etc)
  3. Be informed (see our Staying Connected page too!) your national resource

Local Resources for Emergency Preparation

Good source for Virginians of information to Prepare & Recover, News & Local info, and the Emergency Community

Fillable PDFs to create a plan, for Families, Businesses, and Faith Communities

Fairfax OEM

Fairfax OEM

Other important preparations

Buy, or not to buy?!

Emergency Supplies

Here’s what you should buy, and what you can skip as you prepare your home for an eventual emergency situation.

Copies of Documents

Do you have all of the documents your family will need should you need to set up residence somewhere else temporarily, or worse, flee the country?  Use a syncing program like Sync to save your documents.

Financial First Aid


A disaster can easily disrupt normal payment methods, both physical (cash) and virtual (debit).  Diversity the ways you can both make payments, and receive payments, and keep a stash handy in various forms.

Stay Connected!


Normal methods of communications often fail during a large-scale emergency. Knowing and preparing to use alternative forms can only be done BEFORE the crisis. See our 'Staying 'Connected' page. 

Pets are family too


Your pet can't plan, but YOU can. Be sure to prepare for them just like any other family member, with very unique needs; Food, collars, ID, medicine, storage, etc.