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National Preparedness Month (Week 2: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters)

Disaster can strike at any moment without warning. It is best to develop and practice a plan so your household can act quickly and get out of harm’s way. Having a plan also allows family members to contact one another and reconnect if separated. FEMA has a 4 Step process to develop a plan.

Step 1: Start planning by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.

Tailor the plan along the lines of your daily needs, supplies and responsibilities. For example teach family members how to operate medical equipment, how to take care of pets or responsibilities for assisting others. Things to keep in mind when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • 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

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Practicing your plan will ensure that you and your household will know what to do and have the supplies you need to be safe wherever you are.

  • Fire escape drills should be conducted twice a year.
  • Practice evacuating from automobile in the event of an emergency.