Family This easy-to-use guide is the first step towards preparing your family for any disaster

Family Developing Your Family Preparedness Plan

Before you begin, consider gathering the necessary information to ensure your Family Emergency Plan is as complete as possible. This information includes the names, addresses and contact information of important locations such as: schools, workplaces, local and out-of-town reunification points, doctors, veterinarians, and medical service providers.

There are 5 steps to completing your Family Preparedness Plan

Your privacy is important! For security reasons, data entered during your current session will not be saved. If you need to stop working on your plan, please make sure to save your work.

Start Your Plan

Your Preparedness Plan

Step 1 Plan to Stay in Touch

Primary Residence
Family Member or Occupant at the Primary Residence
Pets or Service Animals that Reside at the Primary Residence
Important Contacts
Having a communication plan is essential to making sure family and friends know how to contact each other before, during and after a disaster.
Service Providers

Step 2 Emergency Contact Information

Local Emergency and Insurance Contacts

Step 3 Plan to Meet up and Shelter

You will need to designate two meeting places in case the emergency occurs while the family is in different locations - one is a local meeting place for events such as a house fire or a local storm, the other is an out-of-town meeting place in case of a regional disaster.
Local Meeting Place (a neighbor or local store)
Out of Town Meeting Place (a relative's or family friend's house)
In case of a neighborhood or regional disaster, you may need to go to a shelter. Different localities have different methods for notifying local residents of shelter locations. For more information about shelters in your area, go to your local emergency management website. There is a list of helpful links located at the end of this planner.

Step 4 Make a Survival Kit

If a catastrophic event occurs in your area, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends that all citizens be prepared to shelter in their home for a minimum of three days. The following checklist is a guide for developing a survival kit for your family. In the event you have to evacuate, we suggest storing your survival items in a container that has wheels or a backpack in order to keep your hands free
Check the item below when added to the kit
Download List
Remember, for perishable items such as water, food and batteries, please rotate with fresh supplies on a regular basis, once or twice a year. For more information on how to maintain your survival kit and where to store it, visit the website.

Step 5 Plan to Share, Practice, Train and Review

After your family plan is complete, please print several copies and place them in key locations, such as at work, at home, or with a relative or trusted friend. Additionally, a copy of the communication sheet should be added to your child's school backpack in case the emergency occurs during school hours.
Practice the plan as a family. Make sure your children know what to do, where to go, and who to call for help. If you or a family member has a disability and use a personal care assistant, be sure to include your caregivers in your practice drill. Practice your plan at least once a year, at different times and in different weather conditions.
Training and Review Dates
Review Dates
Tip: Be sure to mark these dates on your calendar to remind you of upcoming training and review dates.

Save and Download

After completing the above sections, save and download your planner. You can also save your work at any time. Your information will not be stored on the server. Instead, you will download a PDF, which will contain all your information. You may return at any time, and upload the PDF to alter information, or finish completing your planner.

Tip: Be sure to print a copy of your plan and save your plan on a flash drive to be stored in your kit or in a secure location

Then visit the resources page