National Prep Month: Make a Plan
Families need to make a plan now before any disaster strikes. If they only make one after the disaster happens it will not be effective. Why is a plan important? You may not always be with your family during a disaster and making a plan will make it easier to get back together if you get separated.
Step 1: Put a plan together
What are some of the things a family should consider when putting together a plan?
- How will we receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is our shelter plan?
- What is our evacuation route?
- What is our communication plan?
- Do we need to update our emergency preparedness kit?
- Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update our emergency plans due to Coronavirus.
Step 2: Consider specific needs
Each family is different. There is no one plan fits all so each family needs to tailor a plan to their specific needs. Some things you may want to consider would be children or pets for example. Does anyone in your family need a translator? Will you need specific medication or foods for certain members of your family. There are many more that different families would need to consider as well so don't just limit it to those mentioned in this blog.
Step 3: Fill out an Emergency Plan
Use this PDF from ready.gov
Step 4: Practice Your Plan
This is arguably the most important part of making a disaster plan. Practicing ensures that all family members know what to do, where to go, etc. in the case of an emergency. It also allows for it to be more natural when an emergency really does happen. Remember, "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today."