Happy New Year from American Family Safety—your one-stop shopping resource for emergency preparedness supplies and disaster kits. As we enter a new year, you need to make a critical resolution to protect your family in the event a major disaster or emergency strikes your community: Be prepared.
Just as you purchase insurance for your home and car, you need to make an investment in your family’s safety.
American Family Safety’s extremely affordable Ready Kit™ contains all of the disaster supplies you’ll need to protect your family, and it meets official Department of Homeland Security guidelines for emergency kits. In addition to taking the proper steps to ensure your family’s safety during a disaster or emergency, you need to make sure your community is prepared. As we learned from Hurricane Katrina, elected officials at the local, state and federal levels play a major role in how disaster response is managed.
If you’re concerned about your community’s emergency preparedness and response capabilities, put your support behind a candidate who echoes your views.
Community meetings allow you to express your concerns about emergency preparedness and disaster response to elected officials.
Sign up to receive news, disaster safety tips, emergency preparedness updates, and special store discounts from American Family Safety. Pop quiz: Do you know the difference between a “severe thunderstorm watch” and a “severe thunderstorm warning”?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is urging all Americans to become familiar with these two important terms, which your local weathercaster will use in the event of an impending thunderstorm. If weathercasters advise that a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect, they will identify the specific geographic area and time frame involved (when and where severe storms are likely to occur). Always remember that thunderstorms may be accompanied by tornadoes, strong winds, hail and flash flooding. Farmers in areas battered by Hurricanes Katrina, Ophelia and Rita face unprecedented challenges.

In these three states, approximately 825,000 head of cattle and calves lived in counties that sustained hurricane-force winds, according to the U.S. If you’re a Louisiana farmer, contact the Louisiana Interchurch Conference at (225) 344-0134. If you’re from Mississippi, call the Federation of Southern Cooperatives at (404) 765-0991. For legal advice about disaster relief, call the Farmers Legal Action Group at (651) 223-5400.
Contact your local animal care and control agency, agricultural extension agent or local emergency management authorities for information about shelters in your area.
Be sure to have on hand a supply of water, hay, feed and medications for several days for each animal you are evacuating. Modify fencing and open gates so animals may move to high ground in a flood and to low-lying areas during high winds.
Install a hand pump and obtain enough large containers to water your animals for at least a week after a hurricane.
If you have boats, feed troughs or other large containers, fill them with water before any high-wind event.
A generator with a safely stored supply of fuel may be essential, as electrical equipment is necessary for animals’ well-being. Learn how we make a difference.What we offerFind out about learning and development opportunities, employee recognition, compensation and benefits, and more.
Mississippi Congressman Gene Taylor takes questions from residents affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Emergency kits and survival supplies are remarkably inexpensive, so why take chances with your loved ones’ well-being? Take our “Are You Ready?” survey to determine your precise preparedness needs based on the number of family members and pets living in your home, your children’s ages, your geographic area, and your commuting and travel demands.

After witnessing the federal, state and local response to a major disaster like Hurricane Katrina, it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard. Steven Taylor, an associate professor of government at American University in Washington, DC, offers the following advice on community disaster preparedness.
You should then monitor the appearance of the sky, and listen for updates on the radio or TV. Media coverage has focused primarily on high-profile cities like New Orleans and Houston, but “we are witness to immense tragedies in the rural areas of Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana,” says Ralph Paige, executive director of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives’ Land Assistance Fund.
Your family needs an emergency survival kit to prepare for life’s unanticipated disasters.
Your survival depends on knowing how to cope with specific disasters and maintaining an awareness of current risks. Taylor’s advice so your voice can be heard on the vital issues of disaster preparedness and emergency response.
If your area is affected, immediately implement your family disaster plan, as you’re in the line of fire. Use our online Emergency Preparedness Questionnaire to build the right emergency kit for your specific geographic needs, based on recommendations from the Department of Homeland Security. You can also build a custom emergency kit to fit your needs by choosing products from our emergency preparedness product catalog.

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