The most important thing you can have when disaster strikes in our area, be it a tornado, flood, or wildfire, is a plan. Here are some tips on making a plan, according to Ready, the official website of the Department of Homeland Security.
Step 1: Create a plan
Use the following questions with your friends, family, or household.
- How will you receive emergency notifications and alerts?
- What is your shelter plan (home, work, or elsewhere)?
- What is your evacuation route, if needed?
- What is your household communication plan?
- Do you need to create/update your emergency preparedness kit?
- Update any emergency plans due to COVID-19 by checking with CDC guidelines.
- For example, add masks and sanitizing supplies to your emergency preparedness kit.
Step 2: Plan for Specific Needs in Your Family/Household
- Various ages of those in your household
- Dietary requirements
- Pets and service animals
- Medical necessities (prescriptions, equipment, etc.)
- School-aged children needs
Step 3: Complete a Family Emergency Plan
Download and fill out this template for your Family Emergency Plan or use it to create your own.
Step 4: Practice Your Plan
Practice your plan with your friends, family, and household. Be sure your children know what to do and what the plan is if a disaster ever strikes, especially if they are away from your house (at school, at a friend’s house, etc.)
Here are a few additional links to resources that might be helpful in creating your Family Emergency Plan.
- Family Emergency Communication Guide (PDF)
- Family Communication Plan Fillable Card (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Families or (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Kids or (PDF)
- Pet Owners (PDF)
- Family Emergency Communication Planning Document (PDF)
- Know Your Alerts and Warnings (PDF)
- Protect Critical Documents and Valuables (PDF)
- Document and Insure Your Property (PDF)
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (PDF)