Make a plan during Disaster Preparedness Month

September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and as the name suggests, making a plan is fundamental to getting your family ready to cope with an emergency. Here are some tips from

Step 1: Figure out how to get everyone together.
Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it’s crucial to determine how you’ll contact each other and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find. Then determine the best evacuation routes and how you’ll take shelter.

Step 2: Consider your specific household needs.
As you prepare your plan, account for your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Nerves can get frazzled in an emergency, so thinking through all your family’s contingency needs is a lot easier to do in advance.

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access needs, including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a family emergency plan.
Download and fill out this Emergency Plan for Parents, or use it as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family.
Become so familiar with your plan that it’s instinctive if you have to use it. The time you save during a disaster could save a life.

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