Do you know which type of disasters could affect your area? Make a plan today. When disaster strikes your family may not be together. So, it is important to know how you'll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find.
Step 1: Get together with your family, friends and neighbors and discuss the questions below to start your emergency plan.
How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
What is my shelter plan?
What is my evacuation route?
What is my family/household communication plan?
Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan, make your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some of these factors when developing your plan:
Different ages of members within your household.
Responsibilities for assisting others.
Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment.
Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment.
Cultural and religious considerations.
Pets or service animals.
Households with school-aged children.
Step 3: Create a Family Emergency Plan.
Make a Family Emergency Plan quickly and easily with a fillable form. This form is available through Ready.gov website.
Step 4: Practice Your Plan.
Always remember that practice makes perfect. Practice your plan with your family/household.