PLAN AHEAD IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY
Please review the following for more helpful resources:
- Disaster Supply Checklist
- Family Communication Plan for Parents
- Family Communication Plan for Kids
- Family Communication Plan Fill In Blanks
- Why Prepare
Kid Friendly Resources:
Create a Communication Plan:
- Collect the phone numbers and email addresses of everyone in your household, keeping in mind members that may need alternative forms. Write down the numbers for emergency services, utilities, and other important services. Share the numbers with your family.
- Designate a place inside of your home, in the neighborhood, outside of your neighborhood and outside of your town or city as a safe emergency meeting place for your household.
- Identify an out of town or out of state contact that can act as a central point of communication in case local phone lines are busy.
- Keep charged batteries, a car phone charger and solar charger available for backup power for your phone.
Create an Evacuation Plan:
- What is the best way to leave your home in case of an emergency? Try and find multiple routes.
- Choose destinations that are in different directions from your home, such as friend’s houses or hotels.
- Be sure to think about your pets when you create a plan, as most public shelters will only accept service animals.
- Always follow the instructions of local officials and remember your evacuation route may be on foot, depending on the type of disaster. Be flexible and ready to adapt to the situation as it happens.
Create a Shelter Plan:
- Sheltering is appropriate when conditions require you to seek protection in your home, workplace or other locations when disaster strikes. If you need to shelter outside of the hazard area, it could mean staying with friends or at a hotel. Make a plan for both situations.
- Contact your local Office of Emergency Management for public shelter locations.
- Each type of disaster may have a different location that allows you to remain safe.
- The length of time you need to stay in a shelter location can vary depending on the situation, but it is important to stay in the shelter until local authorities say it is safe to leave. You should also take turns listening to radio broadcasts and maintain a 24 hour safety watch.
- Be sure to manage your food and water supplies if you are required to shelter for an extended amount of time.
Build an Emergency Supply Kit:
Store items in airtight plastic bags, and put all of your supplies in one or two duffel bags or plastic containers to make it easy to carry.
- At least one gallon of water per person per day for three days
- At lease a three day supply of non-perishable food
- Battery powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
- First Aid Kit
- Personal Hygiene Items (soap, soap box, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, feminine supplies)
- Extra Batteries
- Matches in a waterproof container
- Dust Mask, Plastic Sheeting and Duct Tape
- Moist Towelettes, Garbage Bags and Plastic Ties
- Wrench or Pliers
- Manual Can Opener
- Local Maps
- Cell Phone with Chargers and a Backup Battery
- Medications/Medical Necessities
- Important Family Documents-i.e. copies of insurance policies, identification, bank account records, birth certificates
- Complete change of clothing and shoes
If you have children or pets, make sure to put supplies in your kit to accommodate them. Useful items may include:
- Infant formula
- Prepackaged Baby Food
- Powdered Milk
- Juice Pouches
- Diaper Rash Cream
- Books, Games, Puzzles or other activities
- Crayons, Pens, Pencils, and/or Colored Pencils
- Comfort Items, such as a stuffed animal or blanket
- 3-7 Days of Pet Food
- Pet Feeding Dishes and Water Bowls
- Disposable Litter Trays
- Litter or Paper Toweling
- Liquid Dish Soap and Disinfectant
- Disposable Garbage Bags for Clean Up
- Extra Collar or Harness
- Extra Leash
- Copies of Medical Records
- Waterproof container with a two week supply of medicine
- Traveling bag, crate or sturdy carrier
- Recent Photos of your pet(s)
- Toys and Chew Toys
Resources that will help people better prepare and land back on their feet financially in the wake of a natural disaster:
- Do You Need Disaster Insurance for Your Home?
- How Mortgages are Affected in Disaster-Prone Areas
- Pre-disaster Financial Preparedness Checklist
- Disasters and Financial Planning: A Guide for Preparedness
- Recovering Financially After a Natural Disaster
- Disaster Planning: The Need for Business Storage in the Event of Severe Weather
- Disaster Loans & Grants from the U.S. Small Business Administration