Emergency planning

Every family faces emergency scenarios, and it’s not always easy to know what to do or how to prepare. Here, you’ll find clever tips so you’ll be ready for everything from a hurricane and flooding to wildfires and even a loss of income.

destroyed building after joplin tornado, 'Thank you volunteers' and 'God bless Joplin' written on walls

11 Lessons Learned from Surviving the Joplin Tornado

We “woke up” two years ago after an F-5 tornado obliterated our hometown: Joplin, MO. What we learned in the wake of that disaster has been unbelievable, miraculous, heart-wrenching, but ultimately, extremely useful.  And while we were extremely lucky to miss the storm by about half a mile, we were all deeply affected on an emotional level. Here are 11 lessons learned from living through the Joplin tornado of May 22, 2011: Insights on resilience, disaster preparedness, and recovery.