Keep Your New Year’s (Preparedness) Resolutions Going!

January 22, 2020

As we get into the groove of the 2020’s we hope your new year’s resolutions’ resolve is still going strong. And even if you are slowing down a bit, not to worry: Tomorrow is a new day and just pick up where you left off.

As for your personal resolutions, we have a hunch that preparedness may not be number one on your list, but in its most boiled down state, preparedness is easier than most think.  And by taking stock of your preparedness, you are doing something now, before an emergency that will make a big difference after.

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So, here are a few simple steps to help jump start a mid-January preparedness New Year’s resolution:

  1. A little foresight can go a long way—make a plan now, so you know how to find and get in touch with your people when something happens. The same connections that are important in everyday life—with friends, family, neighbors, and communities—are even more crucial in a crisis.
  2. Print and fill out the Make a Plan card, take a picture of it,  and text the image to your out of area contact.
  3. Whether you’re just starting out or a preparedness pro, gathering your emergency supplies is easy. A good rule of thumb is to have supplies for about 3 days, or 72 hours. You’ll be surprised at how much you already have. Check out SF72’s supplies for more ideas.
  4. Register for San Francisco’s text-based notification system AlertSF. Simply text your zip code to the short code 888-777.
  5. Look into becoming a trained member of San Francisco NERT
  6. Follow@sf_emergency for alerts, notifications and warnings and @SF72 for preparedness and resilience conversations

And whatever you do to prepare, we hope you will share that your family and friends. Hearing it from you can really inspire preparedness. Happy newish year from your friends at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management!