Make an Emergency Plan

  • Talk with your family about why and how you need to prepare for disaster emergencies and discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen and what to do in each case.
  • Teach Children how and when to dial 911.
  • Find out about the disaster plans at your workplace, your children’s school or child care center and other places where your family spends time away from home. Make sure your child’s school or child care center has your current emergency contact number.
  • Pick two places to meet if something happens; one that is right outside your home in case of a sudden emergency such as a fire; and a second one outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t return home.
  • Ask a friend or relative to be your emergency contact person.
  • Make sure everyone has this person’s address and phone number; list them on an emergency contact sheet and near each phone.
  • If your family members get separated, they should call this person to tell them where they are.
  • Think about the special safety needs of small children, elderly or disabled relatives or neighbors, and pets.
  • Get an Emergency Kit ready.