Fires and evacuations have been all over the news this summer, and the fires have come uncomfortably near our homes. It raises a lot of questions about how prepared we are for an emergency.
Can you answer these questions with a "yes"?
Are you prepared to evacuate your home quickly?
Have you arranged where to meet family members if you are forced to leave before everyone has been able to return home?
If an emergency happens when children and/or parents are at work and school, do you have a plan for where to go and how to get there?
Does every family member have emergency numbers with them?
This month, the goal is to finish your Family Plan!! The peace it will bring will be immeasurable in time of need.
Here is some information directly from ready.gov Ready.gov site
Here is a video to watch with you family. Make A Plan (Video)
Make A Plan
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 warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my family/household communication plan?
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.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 some these factors when developing your plan:
- Different ages of members within your household
- Responsibilities for assisting others
- Locations frequented
- Dietary needs
- Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
- Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
- Languages spoken
- Cultural and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
- Households with school-aged children
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency PlanDownload and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
- Family Emergency Communication Guide (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Parents or (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Kids or (PDF)
- Emergency Plan for Commuters (PDF)
- Pet owners PDF
- Steps to make a plan (PDF)
- Tips on emergency alerts and warnings (PDF)
- Protect Critical Documents and Valuables (PDF)
- Document and Insure Your Property (PDF)
- Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (PDF)
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Disaster Checklist (PDF)