MAKE A PLAN
FAMILY EMERGENCY PLAN
An emergency can happen anywhere and at anytime! Whether it be a natural disaster emergency like a hurricane, or a man-made emergency like a chemical spill…you need a plan to protect yourself and your family.
How do you make a plan? In order to make a plan to prepare for emergencies, you first need to become aware of what’s around you. You need to be aware of what risks exist in your community. See Hazards.
Write it Down
Remember to write down your plan and share it with your family members or co-workers. To see a sample Emergency Plan provided by the Department of Homeland Security, go to www.ready.gov.
A Family Communication Plan template has been created by FEMA and is available for your use download and use.
View and download their template here: Family Communication Plan Template
Emergency Supply Kit
Make sure to have a few essential supplies (www.ready.gov) just in case you are asked to shelter-in-place or evacuate.
This action is often used during a chemical emergency or accident. When you shelter-in-place, you:
Stay inside; whether that is in your home, business, school or even your car.
Close all windows and doors; this helps keep the good air in and the bad air out.
Turn off your A/C, heater and fans. This helps to keep air from circulating throughout your house from the outside.
Turn on your radio and/or television.
If you decide to evacuate OR you are told by officials to evacuate, then it is important to remember:
Follow your family or business emergency plan.
Know how to communicate with family members or co-workers.
Know where to get more information about the emergency (i.e. radio/television).
Remember to take your emergency supply kit.
Know where you are going and go straight there.
Make sure you know alternate routes to your destination in case your primary route is blocked or gridlocked.
Remember…chemicals are everywhere. Don’t forget to take that into consideration when putting your plan in place.