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Why Do I Need To Be Prepared?

Bay Area residents face the possibility of a range of disasters, including earthquakes, home fires, wildfires, floods, heat emergencies, and terrorism. Knowing what to do in any emergency can save your life and prepare you to save the lives of your family members and others around you in a disaster.

Learning about the impact of the hazards where you live, work and travel, and how to plan for them, will help you reduce the damage, disruption and possible injuries for you, your family, and others in your community.

A large disaster will overwhelm emergency responders and make it impossible for them to reach everyone immediately. Other basic services and local infrastructure—such as electricity, natural gas, transportation, water, and communication systems—are also likely to be disrupted. The responsibility lies with each of us to be ready to meet our own needs for at least three to five days.

When you are prepared, you can save a life and join the efforts of the American Red Cross Bay Area to make our communities safer and more prepared for disasters.

For More Information

Request printed disaster preparedness brochures.

Host a disaster preparedness course in your community, school, agency or business.

Register for a preparedness course at an American Red Cross Bay Area location.

For questions about disaster preparedness, please call (800) 520-5433.

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