Family Disaster Plan

Be Prepared

Contact your local American Red Cross or Office of Emergency Management

  • Find out which disasters are most likely to affect your community
  • Find out how to prepare your home and yourself for each type of disaster
  • Find out how you will be warned or advised of emergency information.
  • Learn CPR and First Aid

If you have children contact their school or day care

  • Find out what their plans are in the event of a disaster and how to reunite with your children.

Meet with your family

  • Discuss the types of disasters that could occur
  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to each disaster
  • Discuss how to evacuate every room in your home
  • Decide where to meet if you cannot get home
  • Decide on who to use as an out-of-area contact
  • Discuss emergency supplies
  • Practice what you have discussed

Survey your house with your family

  • Post emergency contact numbers by each phone
  • Learn and practice how to shut off water, gas, and electricity at the mains
  • Install smoke detectors on each floor of your house, especially in bedrooms. Check them monthly and change batteries twice a year.
  • Move heavy objects to lower shelves
  • Secure tall furniture and pictures to wall studs
  • Strap water heater to wall studs