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Preparing for an emergency does not have to be overwhelming.  Many people do not know where to begin and as result, end up doing nothing at all.  We have created a list of simple tips to help you take on this challenge one step at a time.  Just read one tip per day and take action, if needed.  Then pass these along to your family and friends so that they can be prepared too.

Tip of the Day #1: ATMs may not work during a power outage, so make sure you have at least $50 in small bills at home.

Tip of the Day #2: Do not stand under a doorway in an earthquake – drop, cover and hold on.

Tip of the Day #3: If you have a bedroom that’s above the first floor, buy an emergency ladder to escape out the window.

Tip of the Day #4: Keep a solar or hand crank radio and flashlight on hand, so you won’t have to rely on batteries.

Tip of the Day #5: Plan two escape routes from every room in your home.

Tip of the Day #6: Pick a place to meet family members after a disaster.

Tip of the Day #7: Keep enough emergency supplies at home to meet your family’s needs for at least three days.

Tip of the Day #8: Review and update your emergency plans every 12 months.

Tip of the Day #9: Food, water and sturdy shoes should be in the trunk of each of your cars.

Tip of the Day #10: Review emergency plans at your children’s school.

Tip of the Day #11: Choose a person outside your city to be your family’s contact after a disaster.

Tip of the Day #12: Plan on being self-sufficient for at least 3 days after an earthquake with food, water and supplies.

Tip of the Day #13: Teach your children when and how to dial 9-1-1.

Tip of the Day #14: Make a plan for caring for your pets in a disaster.

Tip of the Day #15: Keep at least 3 extra days of prescription medication on hand.

Tip of the Day #16: Make a neighborhood disaster plan.

Tip of the Day #17: Prevent contamination of your home’s water supply - turn off the water valve after a disaster.

Tip of the Day #18: Install safety straps on your water heater, appliances, furniture & TV to prevent earthquake damage.

Tip of the Day #19: The best foods for emergency storage have a long shelf life and don’t require cooking.

Tip of the Day #20: Do not run outside during an earthquake – move under a sturdy piece of furniture and hold on.

Tip of the Day #21: Keep emergency supplies in a cool, dry place that's easy to access.

Tip of the Day #22: Keep towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation in case the water is shut off.

Tip of the Day #23: Be prepared to stay at work at least 24 hours after a disaster with food, water and walking shoes.

Tip of the Day #24: Hold an earthquake drill at your home, so your kids are prepared.

Tip of the Day #25: Keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and make sure it is full.

Tip of the Day #26: Carry an emergency contact card in your wallet and give copies to each member of your family.

Tip of the Day #27: Get a gas & water shutoff wrench and keep it next to the shut off valves.

Tip of the Day #28: Store 1 gallon of water per person per day for at least three days for drinking, cooking & sanitation

Tip of the Day #29: Don't forget the baby - store formula, baby food, diapers, bottles & pacifier in your emergency kit.

Tip of the Day #30: Keep a pair of shoes and flashlight under everyone's bed in case a disaster happens at night.

Tip of the Day #31: Download this free emergency checklist.