Family Emergency Plan

It is important for every family to have an emergency action plan (EAP) and every family member is familiar with it. This will make sure that all the important steps will get done quickly after a disaster strikes.

  • Choose an out of town emergency contact for your family. This person should not be affected with the same event and be sure they know that they have been chosen. Make sure every member of the household has all telephone numbers for everyone in the house. Also, leave these contact numbers at your children’s school and your workplace.
    Click here for a Family Communication Plan for kids.
    Click here for a Family Communication Plan for adults.

  • Be sure to include pets in the house to your plan since pets are not permitted in shelters and some hotels will not accept them.

  • You should have an agreed upon place for your family to meet in case your home is destroyed or uninhabitable. Everyone should know the location address and how to get there.

  • Familiarize your family where the natural gas shut off is in case of a leak. If not taken care of immediately could result in an explosion that could destroy your home.

  • Family members should know where the main water shutoff valve is in case of a ruptured water pipe.

  • Every home should have a good fire extinguisher on each level of your home. They should be kept in good working condition. Check smoke alarm batteries regularly.

  • Keep enough supplies in your home for 7 to 14 days or more.

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