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Preparedness for friends and family

The first week of Preparedness month highlights the importance of preparing friends and family for an emergency. Especially in the heat of hurricane season, it is critical to think about an emergency plan before one strikes. shares printable plans that you can use and review with your family. Additionally, we urge you to download and use the FEMA smartphone app. The app is designed to help businesses, employees, and their families prepare for a wide array of natural and man-made disasters, and can help affected Americans recover, should disaster strike. Some key features of the app include:

  • National Weather Service Alerts: The app enables users to receive weather alerts from the National Weather Service for up to five locations across the nation.

  • Safety Tips: Tips on how to stay safe before, during, and after over 20 types of hazards, including floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.

  • Preparation Checklist: Helps users put together emergency kits and develop family communication plans to determine how they will reunite with loved ones in the event of a disaster.

  • Maps of Disaster Resources: Users can locate and receive driving directions to open shelters and disaster recovery centers.

  • Apply for Assistance: The app provides easy access to apply for federal disaster assistance.

  • Information in Spanish: The app defaults to Spanish-language content for smartphones that have Spanish set as their default language.

The latest version of the FEMA app is available for free in the App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices. For more information, please visit FEMA's website.


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