Where Will You Be?
A disaster can happen any day at any time. If you work an 8 hour job, then 1/3 of your time is spent at your work. If your child attends school, then they are there between 6-7 hours a day. If they are in extracurricular activities then they are there even longer. Statistically, there is about a 33% chance you won’t be with your family when an emergency strikes. Make sure your entire family knows what to do if the time ever come.
Where Will Your Kit Be?
Have a designated spot for your emergency kit that everyone in your family knows about. This way it won’t be forgotten if you need to evacuate, and you won’t be running around in a potentially hazardous situation trying to find your kit.
What Will You Do?
FEMA recommends that family drills should be conducted, so everyone is familiar with the plan laid out. Make sure everyone knows where they can safely take shelter (if needed) during the disaster, and where to meet up afterwards. We recommend that you have a map of your area showing different routes to your evacuation/emergency shelter from places you are commonly at.
Where Will Your Pets Go?
If you plan on going to an emergency shelter, and have a pet, make sure you plan ahead of time where to shelter your pet, or find a pet-friendly shelter.
Who Will You Call?
Depending on the magnitude of the disaster, it can take a while for relief agencies to help. After the disaster occurs, emergency response lines tend to be busy. Identify other resources in your community ahead of time that you can use while waiting for FEMA, 911, etc.
Ready Gov Family Page
FEMA Family Plan
NOAA Radio Home Page