With Help from FEMA, We've Made Planning Easy
Depending on your circumstances and the nature of the disaster, the first important decision is deciding whether to stay where you are or to evacuate to a safer area. You should understand and plan for both possibilities.
- Staying Put: There are circumstances when staying put and creating a barrier between yourself and potentially contaminated air outside, a process known as "shelter-in-place," can be a matter of survival.
- Getting Away: Plan in advance how you will assemble your family and anticipate where you will go.
- Develop a Family Communications Plan: Click here for a Family Communication Plan to guide your family's plan.
Create Your Emergency Supply Kit Today
Be prepared for a natural disaster before it even happens by creating your own emergency supply kit today. Download our checklist for help.
You may be aware of some of your community's risks, but many may surprise you. Check with your local authorities to understand the risks in your area. Talk to your children openly about being prepared for emergencies and staying calm during times of crisis. Include your children in all of your family communication plans and practice
Emergency Preparedness for pet owners
If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. If you must evacuate, take your pets with you if possible. However, if you are going to a public shelter, it is important to understand that animals may not be allowed inside. Plan in advance for shelter alternatives that will work for both you and your pets.