Safety Tips for Natural Disasters

Natural disasters affect thousands of people every year. You should know the risks and prepare to protect yourself. Recognize hazards and know what to do to protect yourself, your family and your community.



  • Build an emergency kit

  • Landscape your home with wildfire safety in mind

  • Plan your water needs

  • Regularly clean roof and gutters

Winter Storms & Extreme Cold

  • Build an emergency kit (rock salt, sand, snow shovels, etc.)

  • Listen to NOAA Weather Radio

  • Minimize travel

  • Bring pets inside

Extreme Heat

  • Build an emergency kit

  • Check air conditioning ducts for proper insulation

  • Weatherstrip doors to keep cool air in


  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel

  • Install “Check Valves”. These prevent water from backing up your drains.

  • Build an emergency kit

Severe Weather

  • Make a family communication plan

  • Sign up for emergency alerts and local emergency plans

  • Build an emergency kit

Landslides & Debris

  • Build an emergency kit

  • Avoid building on steep slopes

  • Get a ground assessment of your land

Home Fires

  • Stay in the kitchen while cooking

  • Use electrical cords wisely

  • Never use the oven to heat your home

  • Build an emergency kit