Creating an emergency plan may initially seem overwhelming, but is a crucial component to keeping your family safe during times of crisis. Creating a family plan can be done in four simple steps (Ready, 2022).
Put a plan together by discussing the following questionswith your family, friends, or household 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 communications plan?
- Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
- Check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.
- Get masks (for everyone over 2 years old), disinfectants, and check my sheltering plan.
Consider specific needs in your household and modify plans to fit such needs.
- Different ages of members within 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
- Pets or service animals
Fill out a Family Emergency Plan.
Click HERE to download a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.
Practice your plan with your family/household.
Additional resources related to emergency planning can be found at ready.gov/plan. Here, you will find various templates, tips, and information guides to protect your family in times of crisis.