Great time to check your personal safety plan

The dangerous weather in much of the United States and a light earthquake near San Francisco are good reminders to check your personal safety plans. Every individual should have emergency supplies ready.

You also should think ahead about where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate. In winter, this can be especially challenging. This is even harder if you only start to think about it when the reality of possible evacuation looms.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a good guide for cold weather safety on the website, where you also will find checklists and instructions for other situations. Some of the FEMA videos are quite good, and most are short, so you can watch one or two at a time. This document helps you through the steps to create a family emergency communications plan.

Your local emergency services and your home or renters’ insurance company are other good sources for safety planning guidance.