20 Days to Ready is a series of simple, daily tasks to help you better prepare for emergencies and protect your family when disaster strikes.
Complete the 20 tasks on the list below, and you’ll be more ready (for just about anything) in a few short weeks. Click the plus signs next to each task and follow the links provided for more information on each item.
Day 1: Back Up Your Docs
Back up your important documents. Click here for tips on how to get started.
Day 2: Create a Home Inventory
Catalog your personal belongings.
Day 3: Put Detectors on Duty
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Day 4: Learn How to Turn It Off
Locate your utility shutoffs.
Day 5: Grab Emergency Grub
Put together an emergency food supply.
Gather an emergency water supply.
Day 7: Get a Guiding Light
Get flashlights in place in case of a blackout.
Consider getting a battery-powered or hand-crank radio.
Day 9: Fix Up a First Aid Kit
Some tips on what to include in a first aid kit.
Day 10: Organize Emergency Contacts
Make emergency contact lists.
Day 11: Consider a Corded Phone
Day 12: Arrange to Stay Connected
Create a family communication plan.
Day 13: Learn Life-Saving Skills
Sign up for CPR and first aid classes.
Day 14: Decode the Weather
Brush up on weather watches and warnings.
Day 15: Select Your Safe Space
Designate a room to use as a storm shelter.
Day 16: Plan Two Ways Out
Make a home escape plan.
Day 17: Know Where They’ll Be
Pick an emergency meeting spot.
Day 18: Quiz Your Kids’ School
Ask about emergency plans at your children’s school.
Day 19: Map Out Your Route
Make an evacuation plan.
Day 20: Don’t Forget Your Pets
Make a pet preparedness plan.