Make a Plan

Your family may not be together when a disaster happens. The best way to keep everyone safe is to make an emergency plan ahead of time.

Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan. 

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?
  5. Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?


As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets or specific needs like operating medical equipment. 

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Write your emergency plan down and keep it in a safe location you can access easily. Use a fillable form to get started.

Practice your plan and make sure everyone in your household knows what to do during an emergency. The more you practice your plan, the safer you and your family will be before, during, and after a disaster.