You can't predict, but you can prepare.

Will You Be Ready?

Will You Be Ready?

Jun 16, 2017

During disasters, local emergency responders may be overwhelmed by urgent rescue and medical needs within the community; therefore citizens must accept the responsibility for their own safety and survival. All personal preparations and plans for emergency situations that may affect you and your family should be designed so that they provide the necessities for surviving, without immediate assistance from others, for a period of at least three days. These plans and preparations could mean the difference between life and death.

Be Ready By:

  • Being Informed
  • Having a Plan & Maintaining a Disaster Supply Kit
  • & Getting Involved!

Knowing what to do is your best protection and your responsibility!


 Know the specific natural and man-made hazards that threaten the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community and how they may affect you.

 Know how local authorities will alert you to a pending disaster: NOAA Weather Radio or Wireless Emergency Alerts . Have situational awareness before, during and after a disaster by downloading the ReadyNC App, which gives you current information about weather, traffic, emergency shelter locations, power outages, etc. Follow ReadyFORSYTH on Facebook, #ReadyFORSYTH & #ReadyNC for up-to-date information during a disaster.

 Know the disaster plans of your community, schools, childcare centers and places of employment.


***Create your plan online by clicking here. ReadyNC is also full of emergency prep and planning information. ***

 Work with your family, as a team, to review and practice emergency plans and drills.

 Have an out-of-town and a local emergency contact that each family member can call in case of separation. Every family member should keep emergency contact numbers with them at all times.

 Decide where you will meet.

 Ensure that every family member knows the best escape routes out of your home as well as the safe places in your home for each type of disaster.

 Plan for those with disabilities and other special needs.

 Remember to plan for your pets.

 Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage.

 Keep vital records and documents in a safe location.

 Review your plan every six months and quiz your family.

 Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills on a regular basis.


The following is a list of essential supplies for your home and workplace:

 Three-day supply of nonperishable food and manual can opener

 Three-day supply of water (one gallon of water per person, per day)

 Portable, battery powered radio or television, NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries, cell phone and charger (wall and car charger)

 Flashlight and extra batteries

 First aid kit and manual

 Sanitation and hygiene items (hand sanitizer, soap, bleach, moist towelettes, and toilet paper)

 Matches in waterproof container

 Whistle

 Extra clothing and blankets

 Kitchen accessories and cooking utensils

 Photocopies of identification, insurance policies and credit cards

 Cash and coins

 Special needs items such as prescription medications, eye glasses, hearing aid batteries, etc.

 Items for infants such as formula, diapers, bottles and pacifiers

 Seasonal supplies and clothing

 Tools, pet supplies, maps and other items to meet your unique family needs

 Restock food & water supplies by checking expiration dates every six months. ***Make it easy and economical by using and replacing items periodically.***

Supplies for your vehicle(s) include: flashlight, extra batteries, cell phone charger, maps, first aid kits and manual, white distress flag, tire repair kit, booster/jumper cables, pump, flares, bottled water and non-perishable foods and seasonal supplies.


You can help prepare yourself and your community in many different ways. Below is a list of some of those opportunities & websites where you can learn more:

Citizen Corps

Forsyth County CERTs (Community Emergency Response Teams)

Piedmont Emergency Animal Response Team (PEART), or  PEART on Facebook

North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service

Other Educational Opportunities in Forsyth County

BE READY! Winston-Salem Forsyth County Brochure

Jack Romero, a Boy Scout and citizen that appreciates the ReadyFORSYTH site, suggested another preparedness site, because he believes “in helping people at all times”. Although Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management and ReadyFORSYTH does not approve or promote any products at the suggested site, we would like to share one of Jack’s favorite preparedness sites:

Kids Guide to Building a Disaster Supply Kit

Thank you, Jack (and mom Sarah), for using our site to prepare your family! And thank you for your willingness to help others!

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