Make a Family – Emergency Plan

Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area (visit: www.ready.gov/be-informed).  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: Put together a plan by discussing these four questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? 

  (visit: www.ready.gov/alerts)

2. What is my shelter plan? 

  (visit: www.ready.gov/shelter)

3. What is my evacuation route?

    (visit: https://www.ready.gov/evacuating-yourself-and-your-  

    family)

4. What is my family/household communication plan?

  (visit: www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan, tailor 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 the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. 

Keep these factors in mind when developing your plan:

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

Cultural and religious considerations

Pets or service animals

Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

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

Find one at www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/133447

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household“Make a Plan”

www.ready.gov. Department of Homeland Security, www.ready.gov/make-a-plan

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