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Emergency Management

Make a Plan

Why a plan is needed

Disasters strike without warning and being prepared will help keep you and your family/household safe, protect your property, and build your community’s resilience.

Local officials and emergency responders will be on scene following a disaster but may not be able to reach everyone right away. You should be prepared to take care of you and your family/household for at least 3 days.

It is important to understand the types of disasters (link to “Hazards” page) that could affect your area.

Household considerations

Discuss and put together a plan with everyone in your household.

Questions to discuss when making your plan are:

  • 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?
  • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?

It is important to consider the specific needs in your household to make sure your plan is effective.

Things to consider 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

Review your plan

Compile all the information that was discussed and considered with your family/household into a formal plan.

Test your plan

Once the plan is finished it is important to practice the plan with your family/household.

This plan should be a living document that is reviewed and practiced regularly to make any necessary changes.

For more information and assistance building your plan go to 

FEMA website

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