For the latest information on preparing for disasters, please click on the following link to the Federal Emergency Management Agency's website "Are You Ready".
Family Disaster Planning
- Every family should have a family disaster plan, first aid kit and Family Disaster Kit.
- Post important telephone numbers near your phones.
- Identify family meeting places, away from the home.
- Identify contacts out-of-state and in other cities to check-in with.
- Identify "safe areas" within the home to use as safety shelter area.
- Take a first aid course.
- Learn community shelter areas.
- Learn community warning systems.
- Learn community evacuation routes.
- Make a file of important documents and store the file in a safe place.
- Identify gas and electrical shut-offs for your home.
- Know your children's school emergency plan.
- Plan additional assistance and items necessary to care for a family member with special needs.
- Create a disaster food and water supply in your home and rotate stock through it.
- Plan for care of your family pets. Do not take them to the shelter with you.
- Check, update and maintain insurance coverage.
- Practice your disaster plans.
Create Your Family Emergency Supplies Checklist website
Create Your Family Emergency Communication Plan Fillable Card website
For more information visit www.ready.gov online or call 800-BE-READY (800-237-3239).