Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
Step 2: Consider specific needs in your household.
Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
- Meet with household members to discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, and other emergencies. Explain how to respond to each.
- Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
- Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
- Draw a floor plan of your home. Mark 2 escape routes from each room.
- Show family members how to shut off water, gas, and electricity at main switches when necessary.
- Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
- Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire.
- Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
- Pick 1 out-of-state and 1 local friend or relative for family members to call if separated during a disaster - it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area.
- Teach children your out-of-state contact's phone number.
- Pick 2 emergency meeting places:
- A place near your home in case of a fire.
- A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
- Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
- Keep family records in a water and fire-proof container.
- Discuss safety procedures when returning home.
- Don't forget about your pets.
Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household