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Emergency Disaster Plan

It's safe to say that a good majority of people in the US are not prepared for a major emergency or disaster. This is unfortunate as the risk of confusion, panic, serious injury, and death can be greatly reduced by taking some simple steps to plan and prepare ahead for such emergencies. 

In addition to reducing the previously mentioned risks, planning and preparing ahead will also allow you to better focus and handle emergency situations when they do occur. Remember, after a disaster or other major emergency, police and fire services will be strained beyond capacity leaving you dependent on NO ONE BUT YOURSELF for hours, days, possibly even weeks! 

This section of our site is designed to help you prepare yourself and your family for those inevitable events that will strike. Whether a minor event or a major disaster, the following tips and ideas can help you to get prepared now! 

Preparing Your Disaster Plan

A disaster can strike at anytime. Chances are good that when disaster does strike, you and your family may not be together. It is important to create a plan for you and your family on how you will contact and communicate with each other in the event of a major emergency. 

By making a plan, you create a communication link between family members and help reduce the anxiety created by worry. Your plan should cover the following:


  • Meet with your family and discuss why you need to prepare for disaster. Explain the dangers of fire, severe weather, and earthquakes to children. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team.
  • Discuss the types of disasters that are most likely to happen. Explain what to do in each case. Check out FEMA's Disaster Maps to learn what disasters occur near you. 
  • Talk to your neighbors about working together should an emergency disaster strike near you. 


In case family members are separated from one another during a disaster (a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school), have a plan for getting back together.


You should choose and designate an emergency contact, preferably out-of-state family or a friend who can be contacted by member of your family in the event of a disaster. Make sure everyone knows the number and has a calling card or that your contact accepts collect calls. 

Keep in mind that during a major emergency, telephone systems may not be working or you may have trouble getting through, patience is key. Generally its often easier to call long distance than it is to call locally in the affected area. Family members should call the designated contact and tell what the situation is and where they are at. 


You need to designate place where family members should meet after an emergency or disaster. It can be as simple as a certain light pole or a street corner, etc. Be sure to pick a place that everyone knows how to get to. Choose a secondary or back-up location outside your neighborhood in case you can't return home. 


In the event of an evacuation, authorities will provided you with the location of the temporary shelter set up by authorities and the American Red Cross for residents affected by the evacuation. Follow instructions and routes given to you by emergency personal CAREFULLY!, your life may could depend on it! 

Be sure to take your disaster supply kit including a police scanner or portable radio, flashlight, batteries, and first aid kit with you.   


Plan to care for pets ahead of time. During an evacuation, shelters do not allow pets because of health regulations. For more information on how to care for your pets, click here. Also, be sure to have an emergency kit for your pet.

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