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Create Your Emergency Plan in Just 3 Steps

1. With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.

2. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team.

3. Practice as many elements of your plan as possible.

 

Document Your Plan with These Free Templates

Family Disaster Plan Template –

English Template Tips – English

Family Disaster Plan Template – Spanish

Template Tips – Spanish

Include Common Emergency Scenarios When You Plan

Plan for the emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live

  1. Be familiar with natural disaster risks in our community.
  2. Consider how you will respond to emergencies that can happen anywhere, such as home fires and floods.
  3. Consider how you will respond to risks that are unique to our region, such as tsunamis and earthquakes.
  4. Think about emergencies that may require you to shelter in place (such as a winter storm) or emergencies that may require evacuation (such as a tsunami).
  5. Consult with emergency resource libraries (liek this one from the American Red Cross, for tips on preparing for, responding to, and recovering from specific disasters.

 

Plan what to do in case youa re separated during an emergency

1. Choose two places to meet up.

(Right outside your home for sudden emergencies, such as a fire and outside your neighborhood for emergencies where you need to evacuate).

2. Choose and out-of-area contact person. It may be easier to text or call long distance if local phone lines are overloaded or out of service. Everyone should carry emergency contact information in writing and saved on their cell phones. Make sure places where your children spend time also have these contact numbers, like at school or daycare.

3. Your plan should account for family members who may live elsewhere during the year, such as members of the military on deployment or students away at college, or those who travel frequently.

 

Plan to let loved ones know you are safe

Be sure to register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website to let your family and friends know you are safe.

Or, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the prompt for "Disaster" to register yourself and your family.