Disaster Preparedness

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Develop a Plan

A key to surviving disaster, whether natural or man-made, is planning ahead. Emergency preparedness and response planning should involve all family members, regardless of whether you plan to stay at home or go to a shelter.

Hold a Family Meeting

  • Talk about what each family member should do in preparation for and in response to each emergency identified. Individuals should also consider preparation and response to each emergency identified.
  • Determine primary and alternate locations where family members can meet if an emergency happens while away from home/work.
  • Select a pre-designated place to meet outside if a sudden emergency such as a fire forces you out of the house.
  • Identify the safe areas in the home.
  • Select someone outside your immediate area to act as a central point of contact for your relatives and friends who may try to call following an emergency or disaster, as you may have limited or no telephone service.
  • Plan for child care if parents can not get home.
  • Remember pets CAN NOT go to designated shelters, so make alternate plans for your pets.

Assemble an Emergency Kit (DO NOT WAIT FOR AN IMPENDING STORM)

  • Prepare Prescriptions and a First Aid Kit. Determine special family needs (medication, equipment etc.)
  • Include a list of family members’ prescribed medications, giving generic names and prescribed dosage.
  • Include a list of doctors and telephone numbers.
  • Include a list of special medical devices such as pacemaker/insulin pump, the style, serial number, and other pertinent information.
  • Include vital family records such as mortgage papers, medical records, insurance policies, birth certificates, marriage licenses, Will, tax records, and other irreplaceable items.
  • Prepare a 1-2 week supply of special medicines or foods required.
  • Prepare a 1-2 week supply of non-perishable food and water.
  • Remember a non-electric can opener.
  • Select a battery powered radio and extra batteries.
  • Select a flashlight and extra batteries.
  • Collect sleeping bags or blankets.
  • Prepare a change of clothing for each family member.
  • Prepare adequate toilet articles and waterless hygiene products.