for Emergencies

Prepare yourself and your family for a disaster by making an emergency plan. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in an emergency supply kit or safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

Your emergency plan should also include the care of pets, aiding family members with access and functional needs and safely shutting off utilities.

You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at work, daycare and school. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Read more about school and workplace plans at

 Once you’ve collected this important information, gather your family members and discuss the information to put in the plan. Practice your plan at least twice a year and update it as your family dynamic changes or when issues arise.

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