Make a Plan


You and your family may not be together when an emergency happens, so knowing what to do, where you will go, and how to get in touch with family members is important.

Create a family communication plan.

Choose an out-of-town friend or relative to be a contact point for family members to call if you are separated during an emergency. Make sure everyone knows how and when to call 911 or local emergency medical services. Post emergency contact phone numbers near telephones.

Develop a family evacuation plan.

Contact your local emergency management agency to learn about your community’s emergency plan, the location of shelters and hospitals, and evacuation routes.

Most shelters do not accept pets. Prepare a list of kennels, friends and family members who may be able to care for your pet in an emergency. If you are able to take your pet to a shelter, the pet must have a current vaccination record, a pet carrier and a supply of food.

Address special needs.

Make plans to ensure the needs of someone you know who is elderly or dependent on life-sustaining or health-related equipment such as a ventilator or respirator.

So now you’ve put together a plan.

Family looking at laptop and brochures making an emergency plan


Make a Plan

Knowing what to do in the event of an emergency is key. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do.


Build a Kit

Your emergency supply kit should have everything you need to sustain you and your family for 3-5 days. Get a checklist you can use to put together your own kit.


Be Aware

Learn about the hazards that can affect your community and learn how to get information about current weather and road conditions.