Disaster Preparedness

Disasters Don't Plan Ahead. You Can

Everyone can contribute to their community by planning for a disaster, whether it is at home, at school, or in the workplace. A few moments of prep could save heartache for you, your family, friends, neighbors, and even pets if a disaster were to strike. 


Just one conversation can be the beginning of a plan to protect yourself and those around you. Discuss the disaster situations you could face, and how you’ll contact or find each other if you get separated. Designate a meeting for your family that is convenient and easy to find.

Step 1: Discuss these 4 questions as a family to begin building your 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?


Step 2: Consider your unique situation and how it will affect your plan. Here are some factors to keep in mind while you create your plan:

  • Different ages of members of your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan. Having this information written down will help you remember what to do in an emergency. The documents here are a good place to organize and record your emergency plan:

  • Family Emergency Communication Guide
  • Emergency Alerts and Warnings
  • Wallet Sized Emergency Communication Plan
  • Emergency Plan for Parents
  • Emergency Plan for Kids
  • Emergency Plan for Pet Owners
  • Emergency Plan for Commuters
  • Protect Critical Documents and Valuables
  • Document and Insure your Property
  • Emergency Financial First Aid Kit

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family. Discuss how an emergency situation may be different than the situation practiced, as well as the things that went well and those that could use improvement.