Be Prepared for a Disaster

In Nebraska, disasters can happen just as quickly as the weather can change. By staying alert, creating a few simple plans, and having quick access to important information and documents can alleviate some of the stress you feel during the disaster and help you start the recovery process faster.

Below is a list of resources from FEMA, Ready.gov, and the CFPB to help you make plans so you and those you care about stay strong.

1) Be Alert

Know what is going on around you. Download a local news or weather app to your phone to get and pay attention to any official warnings you receive from the government’s Wireless Emergency Alerts and Emergency Alert systems. If you don’t have a smartphone, set up a “support network” with neighbors, family, and friends and keep each other informed when bad weather is threatening. You can also purchase a NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio, often for as little as $20, from major retail stores.


2) Make a Plan

Having a personal or family plan in place will help to minimize the stress you feel when a disaster strikes and will help keep you safe. Nebraska is prone to severe weather, winter storms, and flooding.

Visit Ready.gov to learn how to prepare for each event by clicking on the buttons below.

When a disaster strikes, you may not be with your family. Having a family communication plan will ensure members of your household will know how to reach each other even if cell phones, telephone lines, and text messaging services have been disrupted.


3) Build an Emergency Kit

When a disaster strikes, you may not be with your family. Having a family communication plan will ensure members of your household will know how to reach each other even if cell phones, telephone lines, and text messaging services have been disrupted.


4) Collect Critical Documents & Inventory Valuables

Once the disaster has passed, having your financial and medical records and important contact information will be crucial to help you start the recovery process quickly. Taking the time now to safeguard these critical documents will give you peace of mind, ensure you have access to essential medical and prescription information, and help you avoid additional stress during the difficult days following a disaster.

Maintaining a detailed inventory of your property’s contents will assist you if a disaster strikes. Your inventory will help you prove the value of what you owned, which could speed your claim processing, and will provide documentation for tax deductions you can claim for your losses.