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Identify + Set Up Your Personal Support Network

Have a Disaster Buddy

  • Compile a list of people nearby who can — and will — help you before, during and after a disaster. Include friends, family and co-workers on the list.
  • Develop a communication plan with these folks.
  • Make sure that all helpers are familiar with your needs. They should know how to operate any special equipment you require, and how to provide any specialized help you may need. Give them a copy of your emergency list, the location of your emergency supply kit, and spare keys to your studio and home.
  • In addition to your personal support network, check with your neighbors to arrange for someone to check on you (when that’s safe to do) during an emergency. But don’t depend upon this as your only line of support.