As Hurricane Sandy threatens the East Coast, millions are wondering: Am I doing everything I can to prepare for a disaster? eHow has created a list of what you need to do ASAP -- from collecting relevant emergency documents to creating a home first aid kit -- to get ready to survive Mother Nature's wrath and the challenges that follow.
Protect Your Home
Homeowners facing a hurricane should take preventative measures such as trimming dead branches from trees and readying windows.
Build an Emergency Kit
A few key supplies like water and batteries can help you weather power failures, business closures, and, well, the weather.
Create a First Aid Kit
Instead of buying the prepackaged version, create your own first aid kit to ensure that you have everything you and your family might need.
Prepare for an Evacuation
Your evacuation list should include items such as pet food and important medications so that you can leave your home within minutes if needed.
Compile Emergency Documents
Organize the important documents you may need to provide to authorities, relief agencies and creditors after the emergency takes place.
Establish a Communication Plan
Do you know how you'll reach loved ones after a disaster? Create a plan to connect with family members.
Know What Your Insurance Policies Cover
Make sure you understand the difference between homeowner's and flood insurance so that you can file a claim effectively.