Plan Ahead for Disasters
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. 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 4
questions with your family, friends, or household
to start your emergency plan.
How will I receive emergency alerts and
What is my shelter plan?
What is my evacuation route?
What is my family/household communication
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your
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 in mind
these factors when developing your plan:
Different ages of members within your household
Responsibilities for assisting others
Medical needs including prescriptions and
Disabilities or access and functional needs
including devices and equipment
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 them as a guide to create your own.
Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)
Step 4: Practice your plan with your