"Winging It" is not an Emergency Plan
Having a family emergency plan will ensure that all family members know how to respond during a disaster or emergency even if they are not together.
- Add an out-of-town contact and make sure that everyone knows the phone number to call for updates
- Include a set meeting spot away from the home where the family can meet in case of an emergency
- Learn about school and work emergency plans and how they may affect your ability to communicate with your family
- Include children in disaster and emergency planning
If someone in your household has unique needs, it's important to incorporate them into your plans.
- Keep 7-14 days of medication on hand
- Keep support items in a designated place
- Include any caretakers in the planning process
- Provide the power company with a list of all power-dependent equipment and plan for an alternate power source
- Keep an emergency food/water supply
Don't forget about your furry friends!
Include your pets in your disaster plans and take them with you when you evacuate.
Remember: Pets typically aren't allowed in public shelters unless they are service animals, so make a list of friends, boarding facilities and vets that could keep your pets in case of emergency.