Make a Plan
Conduct a Hazard Analysis
Think about the different hazards that may impact you and your family. Remember that emergency planning is a continual process, and your plans should be revisited and updated regularly. Some common plans to have in place are:
- Evacuation Plan
- Shelter-in-Place Plan
- Communication Plan
- Records Management Plan
Sometimes there are situations when it’s best to stay where you are and avoid being outside. Whether you are at home, work or anywhere else you frequent regularly, it is important to have a plan.
Things to think about when planning to shelter-in-place:
- Where in your home will you go?
- What supplies will you have available?
- How can you make your home as safe and stable as possible?
During some types of emergencies, communicating with your loved ones may be a challenge. Developing a plan to get in contact with your family and friends during an emergency situation can be vital to ensuring their safety and finding peace of mind knowing how everyone is doing.
Things to think about when planning emergency communication:
- Who will you need to contact during an emergency?
- How will people contact you during an emergency?
- How will people contact you after an emergency?
- Is there an out-of-state point of contact that your family can identify to communicate with in case local communication systems are unavailable?
Tips for Your Family Emergency Plan
- Learn about the emergency plans that are already established in places that you go frequently (school, work, daycare, gym, etc).
- Meet with your family and discuss why you need to plan for emergencies.
- Keep it simple. Disasters are stressful and can create confusion, keeping your plan simple so everyone can remember the important details.
- Practice your family emergency plans.
- Take a basic first aid and CPR class.