Get Prepared

Ready: Whenever. Wherever

Preparedness KitOur county becomes better-prepared and more-resilient when we all do our part to be ready.

Preparing for the unexpected doesn't have to be hard.  Keep it simple.  Focus on the basics:  Be Informed; Make a Plan; Build a Kit; Get involved.

We urge you to be Ready: Whenever. Wherever. This phrase is part of a campaign that is central to who Homeland Security is. It recognizes that violent acts and dangerous events can occur anywhere, anytime — often with little to no warning.

Discussion, preparation and practice allow you and your family to stay calm in the event of an emergency, whether evacuation from a fire, or faced with threatening or violent behavior.  You can be empowered to live without fear and continue attending events and activities according to your comfort level by being Ready: Whenever. Wherever.

This approach asks you to pause and consider potential safety risks in your surroundings and to identify possible actions you could take to increase your personal safety in the event of an emergency. 

For example, you should:

  • Think about different scenarios that could be encountered in public settings.
  • Consider what defensive actions would be appropriate for oneself and one’s family.
  • Mentally or actively rehearse actions.
  • Identify the emergency exits and safety barriers upon entering a building.
  • Maintain awareness of other people and developing situations in the surrounding area.

We each choose the best way to live our lives, and the safety of our loved ones is paramount. You are encouraged to consider how “Ready: Whenever. Wherever.” fits in your home and community by talking with family, friends and work colleagues.