Personal preparedness is simple and can make your life both safer and more comfortable in the case of an emergency. It comes down to three simple steps.

1. Build a kit including water, nonperishable food supplies, flashlight and batteries, medical first aid kit, any medications you need, copies of licenses, medical information, insurance policies and a list of contacts.
2. Develop a family or household preparedness plan including smoke detectors, a designated place to meet in case of emergency, and a stock of emergency supplies.
3. Be informed about the hazards which might impact you, from a pandemic influenza to a major weather event, and how to best respond to each.

Additional information on these three simple steps can be found at http://emergency.cdc.gov/preparedness/