We’re entering that time of year when we can expect an increase in bad weather and other natural disasters, such as hurricanes, flooding, and even blizzards. Hurricane Matthew, for instance, has already left hundreds dead in Haiti and has already hit land in the U.S. Here are five things you can do to help prepare your family for whatever disasters you may face.

1. Have a first-aid kit and know how to use it

Create a first-aid kit for your car and your house at a minimum. Some people even choose to carry with them an individual first-aid kit (IFAK) as part of their everyday carry (EDC). There are several articles on both SOFREP and the Loadout Room that cover this topic. Once you create a first-aid kit, learn how to use the equipment. The latest and greatest medical gear won’t do you any good unless you are familiar with it.

Check out these articles:

“4 MUST Have Items In Every Medical Kit”

“Watch: Tourniquet | How To Use Them”

“No one is coming…it is up to us”

2. Customize your prep for the area you live in

This may seem pretty basic, but sometimes it’s overlooked. Some people try to prepare for everything, which can divert funds and efforts to the wrong places. Know what disasters are common for your area and focus on them first. For example, if you live in Texas like me, you can prep for tornados, power outages, wildfires, and flooding. There really are no disaster-free areas. If not a natural disaster, you can certainly prepare for gas or food shortages.

3. Figure out your essentials

What matters to you and your family the most? I am not talking only about valuables (but cash is a great thing to have in a disaster, too), but items that your family cannot live without, such as electricity, medical equipment, medication, food storage, security, air conditioning/fans (for some, this is medically necessary), etc. Food and water will be covered in another section. Figure out what you need to carry on with your minimal needs. For example, if someone in your family has a medical condition that requires supplemental oxygen, you will have to prepare for power outages. You may need a generator to run your oxygen concentrator throughout the day and night. That means you may have to make a plan to store extra fuel. Find out your basic essentials and start planning.