Family Disaster Plan

Start your Family Disaster Plan BEFORE an event happens. Emergencies and disasters can strike anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Sit down together and begin your emergency planning by deciding how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go, and what you will do.

It is vital that you understand how important it is to prepare your family and your property NOW before an unexpected, or a fore-casted event.

START by practicing one or more of the family planning worksheets below:

Family Disaster Planning - Guides and Worksheets:

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Check out the different guides and decide which ones you would like to save and print. Hold a family meeting, discuss, and begin PRACTICING your family plan.

1. Fun and Colorful Guide:
4 Steps To Prepare Your Family for disasters.
(American Academy of Pediatrics)

2. Family and Personal Disaster Survival Guide:
A very thorough and complete guide.
(San Diego County Office of Emergency Services)

3. Assemble a Kit - Family Worksheet:
Using the calendar, your family can assemble an emergency kit in small steps over a six month period. Check off each of the items you collect or the actions you take during the week.
(Worksheet originally developed by Chevron)

4. Your Family Disaster Plan:
Step by step planning guide.
(FEMA/American Red Cross)

5. Emergency Preparedness Checklist:
A basic checklist to help you get started with your disaster planning.
(FEMA/American Red Cross)

FINISH by completing these steps:

Have you reviewed the Event Specific Plans and Pages (hurricanes, power outage, earthquake, etc.) that might be relevant to your area, or considered other possible emergency situations that you might face? If not... Return to the Disaster Planning Page to review these possible events.

Be sure you have PREPARED the supplies and kits recommended in the family plans and worksheets. Keep a copy of your plan in a safe place where you can access it in case of an emergency.

PRACTICE the disaster plans together, and be sure that everyone is taught how to use the emergency supplies such as; an Emergency Weather Radio, a 72 Hour Emergency Kit, or a First Aid Kit, and be sure everyone knows where they are located.

It is also very important that you are prepared with an alternative Emergency Power Source.

Following these steps will greatly increase your families chance of survival in a emergency situation.

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