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Planning for an emergency


Make an emergency plan

Have plans in place for the different types of emergencies:

Keep in mind planning considerations for seniors, small children, infants, pets and those with disabilities and chronic medical conditions. Think about your neighbors. Work together on your plans and think of who you can check on to make sure they are ok.

What to consider when making an emergency plan:

  • Identify places to meet. One location outside of your home and one location outside of your neighborhood. 
  • Know how to turn off your utilities such as water, gas and electricity. 
  • Fill out an emergency  PDF icon information card  to easily fit in your wallet or purse.
  • Follow a basic emergency plan  PDF icon checklist .
  • Create an PDF icon emergency health plan  for you and your family.

Develop a family communication plan

Identify a family or friend contact person who lives outside of the area in the event you are not able to reach family members locally. Make sure everyone has this information. Use the following communication plans as a guide:

Communication plans are also available in Spanish.

Keep in mind text messages and social media platforms are the preferred communication means in an emergency as cell networks will be congested.

Have an emergency kit

When putting together an emergency kit, it's important to store all the supplies together in either a backpack or a container. The kit should be in one location that is easy to find.

What to include in an emergency kit:

  • A three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person)
  • Non-perishable food (include baby food or other nutritional supplements routinely used)
  • A first aid kit
  • Clothing and bedding
  • Battery-operated radio, flashlight, extra batteries
  • Candles, matches
  • Toiletries and extra medications (don’t forget diapers)
  • Games, books, cards, toys for children
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Whistle to sign for help
  • Personal identification, medical information, and important contact information
  • Cash or travelers checks