Each disaster is different, but a general plan and disaster preparedness kit can reduce the fear, inconvenience and losses that surround a disaster. If a disaster strikes Florence County local government and emergency service agencies will help you, but you need to be prepared as well. These agencies may be overwhelmed after a major disaster and may not be able to reach you right away. What you do now can make a big difference then. A general rule of thumb is to plan and prepare now to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours following a major disaster.