Personal Preparedness Plan
When planning for a disaster it is important to make sure that everyone in your family is prepared and understands the plan.
- Have an out of town contact because sometimes local phone lines are out of service or busy and calling someone who is outside the area of the disaster is helpful when trying to contact separated family members. Be sure that everyone has that number memorized and a cell phone, prepaid card or money to make the call.
- Designate a family meeting place other than your home so that separated family members have somewhere to meet up.
- Subscribe to an emergency alert system to get alerts for your area.
- Inquire about the emergency plans anywhere your family spends a lot of time such as work, school, or daycare.
Everyone’s needs are different but you can take steps to make sure you are prepared in case of a disaster. It is good to have a plan to take care of yourself, at least for a short period of time, and to know what you will need during a disaster.
- Create a support network, make sure they know where you keep your emergency supplies and make sure one of the people in this group has a key to your home
- Keep 7-14 days worth of any medications you may be taking on hand with a list of the dosage and medication times. It is also a good idea to include why you are taking this medication
- If you have a medical condition or disability make sure to wear your medical alert tags or bracelets so others can identify your conditions and know the locations of more than one facility that has any support equipment you may be dependent on.
- If you have a wheelchair, show others how to operate it and know the size and weight of your wheelchair and whether or not it is collapsible in case it needs to be transported.
Don’t forget these important members of your family. If you have to evacuate take them with you, but remember that public shelters don’t accept pets unless they are service animals, so have a list of alternative sites where your pet can stay during an emergency such as a vet’s office, boarding facility, or even a friend or relative who is willing to host your pet during the emergency.
- You may not be home when the evacuation order comes so find a trusted neighbor who is willing to take your pets and meet you at a pre-arranged location
- This person should be comfortable with your pets, know where they are likely to be found and have a key to your home.
- All pets should have a collar with an identification tag on it.
- Attach the phone number and address of your temporary shelter, if you know it, or of a friend or relative.