Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan.
- How would you get to a safe place?
- How would you contact one another and get back together?
Create plans for what you would do in different situations and make checklists to help you. We may not think clearly when frightened or excited and we may forget the basic things we need and want. Practice your plan until you are thoroughly familiar with the procedures you need to follow if the event occurs.
Preparing for and Caring for Children in a Disaster
FEMA school and workplace plans.
Fun Weather Experiments for Kids
FEMA: How to counsel kids after a disaster
Coping With a Disaster or Traumatic Event Resources for parents, families, teachers, and schools
Make an Emergency Evacuation Checklist for Your Family.
Know where you are going. Listen to instructions from official sources. Know two routes out of your neighborhood. If there aren’t two routes make sure you receive timely warnings and plan on evacuating early. “Waiting” can put your life or the lives of first responders in danger!
FEMA Evacuation Planning
Emergency Evacuation Checklist
Download the Ready.gov Family Emergency Plan [PDF]
Print the pages and fill them in offline. Then keep the copies in your home and each car, and give copies to your close friends and family. More formats for the Family Emergency Plan
Before a disaster strikes, make copies of your most important papers and put them in a bag to take with you if you have to evacuate your home. Your important papers might include your home insurance polices, copies of medical records, birth certificates, marriage certificates, deeds, wills, home inventory, etc… You may want to keep copies of these papers at a friend’s house outside your neighborhood.
Every household should store several flashlights and the batteries that go with them. Store the batteries outside the flashlights to prevent corrosion.
If the power goes out keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
Home Use devices: How to Prepare for and Handle Power Outages for Medical Devices that Use Electricity [PDF]
What You Need to Know When the Power Goes Out Food Safety, Carbon Monoxide
Aiding family members with access and functional needs
Home Safety for Special Needs Kids
Emergency Preparedness Information for People with Disabilities
ASL Videos, Braille and large print documents, many resources