Make an Emergency Plan

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Getting Started

Creating an emergency plan may initially seem overwhelming, but is a crucial component to keeping your family safe during times of crisis. Creating a family plan can be done in four simple steps (Ready, 2022).

Put a plan together by discussing the following questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route?
  • What is my family/household communications plan?
  • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
  • Check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and update my emergency plans due to Coronavirus.
    • Get masks (for everyone over 2 years old), disinfectants, and check my sheltering plan.

Consider Specific Needs in Your Household and Modify Plans to Fit Such Needs

  • 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
  • Pets or service animals

Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Visit the Ready Make a Plan website for a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.

Practice Your Plan with Your Family/Household

Practicing your emergency plan helps ensure that everyone knows what to do when an emergency occurs. 

Additional resources related to emergency planning can be found on the Ready Make a Plan website. Here, you will find various templates, tips, and information guides to protect your family in times of crisis.