Don’t Get Caught Unprepared

A cartoon family sitting at a table that has emergency supplies on it

In New Hampshire, we are fortunate to enjoy all four seasons. However, June through the month of November is the Atlantic hurricane season, and although much of that is behind us, we know another New Hampshire winter is right around the corner.

Don’t get caught without a plan—there is no better time to prepare for all kinds of weather than the present!

Tips and resources to help you prepare

  • Get prepared for possible unfortunate events by having emergency supply kits already stored in your home, work and car. The website recommends items such as a flashlight and batteries, manual can opener, towelettes and garbage bags, dust masks, duct tape, local maps, prescription medications, and more.
  • Include cash in your emergency supply kit. During an extended power outage, ATMs and credit card machines may not work.
  • Check in with neighbors to see how you can help each other before and after a storm.
  • Pick an out-of-town person for everyone to contact during an emergency.
  • Preparing your family for an emergency is as simple as having a conversation over dinner. Make a plan tonight.
  • 30: The number of days it takes for flood insurance to begin. The time to buy is when it’s dry.
  • Emergency funds: 48% of people have an emergency fund, which gives them the savings to overcome simple emergencies. Visit to learn more.

There’s a calendar for that

According to the 2022 calendar on the preparedness priorities for October are:

For parents

Visit to learn more about youth preparedness. Disasters happen everywhere, and every member of the family can prepare. In fact, playing a role in family emergency planning—being a “Disaster Master”—can give children an important sense of agency if something bad should happen. Preparedness for the future starts today!

Get alerts or get involved

To connect with NH preparedness and response professionals and resources visit to register with NH Alerts and to learn what to do before, during, and after a disaster, including completing emergency contact cards.

If you are interested in hosting a personal and family preparedness training in your community, reach out to Tricia at