Have A Plan
Every family should have a plan for every type of
Like a building has routes mapped out and safety
procedures ready, so should your house.
Provide a plan for every family member in case of a
fire, natural disaster, power outage, etc.
Map out where everyone should go to meet and the
route to get there.
Check out http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
Types of Emergencies
Build A Kit
Different supplies are needed for different types of
disaster. Do the research of what emergencies are
most common in your area and what you would need
just in case.
Consider the needs of each family member when
preparing your kit.
For some hints and suggestions:
Suggestions to Include:
Water—one gallon per person, per
day (3-day supply for evacuation, 2-
week supply for home)
prepare items (3-day supply for
evacuation, 2-week supply for home)
Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
(NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
First aid kit
Medications (7-day supply) and
Sanitation and personal hygiene
Copies of personal documents
(medication list and pertinent medical
information, proof of address,
deed/lease to home, passports, birth
certificates, insurance policies)
Cell phone with chargers
Family and emergency contact
Map(s) of the area
Make sure you aware of weather as it comes through
and the seasons change.
Have a neighborhood or community weather watch.
Set up a round robin with everyone in the
neighborhood to ensure everyone is aware of weather.
http://www.weather.com has up to date weather for
Invest in a Landline
A corded landline works even if there is a power
While cell phone towers can get jammed during an an
emergency or natural disaster, a landline uses wires to
connect your call and won’t get jammed.
In case of a call to 911, a landline gives your exact
location. Cell phones use E-911 which gives a general
area and can greatly impact response time.