Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the disaster, your first important decision is whether to stay or evacuate. Understand and plan for both possibilities. Use common sense and available information, including what you learn here, to determine if there is immediate danger.
Look for Updated News
In any emergency, local authorities may or may not immediately be able to provide information on what is happening and what you should do. However, you should monitor TV or radio news reports for information or official instructions as they become available. If you're specifically told to evacuate or seek medical treatment, do so immediately.
When a disaster strikes, local, state, and federal agencies all play a role in assisting the public. The role each will play depends on the type and severity of the disaster. Ready citizens who have a kit, a communications plan, and who are trained will be able to assist if needed.