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 questionswith 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.

Click HERE to download a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.

Practice your plan with your family/household. 


Additional resources related to emergency planning can be found at Here, you will find various templates, tips, and information guides to protect your family in times of crisis.




Community Resources and Emergency Management (CREM)

The Department of Community Services and Emergency Management plans and prepares for emergencies, educates the public about preparedness, coordinates emergency response and recovery efforts and disseminates information during emergencies and disasters.