Disaster Preparedness

The American Legion encourages Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.  American Legion Posts are encouraged to take simple steps to prepare for disasters: Get a Kit; Make a Plan; Be Informed about the different types of emergencies and their appropriate responses; and Get Involved.

As military veterans we understand the value of readiness.  As a country at war, it just makes good sense for every family to have a disaster plan and readiness kit with three days of food and supplies to survive potential natural disasters or terrorist caused catastrophic events.

We cannot stress enough the importance of being prepared for all types of emergencies, from natural disasters to terrorist attacks.  Having a plan can make all the difference, as flooding, tornadoes, and storms across the country have shown.  The time for individuals, families and businesses to plan is now, and to resolve to make readiness a priority.

With more than 14,000 American Legion posts across the country, Legionnaires are encouraged to plan and conduct activities and events to highlight the importance of emergency preparedness and promote individual involvement, such as first aid training, town hall meetings and much more.  Posts may broaden their community service outreach by getting involved with their local Citizen Corps Councils and by participating in Citizen Corps initiatives and programs.

The American Legion publication, “Disaster Preparedness and Response for American Legion Posts” (Stock #58-002), contains complete details in planning, organizing, and executing a disaster preparedness and response program.

Individuals interested in more information about family and business preparedness can visit www.ready.gov or call 1-800-BE-READY to receive free materials.

Disaster Preparedness Booklet (PDF)