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MAKE A PLAN

Make a Plan

After a major disaster, it is unlikely that emergency response services will be able to immediately respond to everyone's needs, so it's important to be prepared to take care of yourself and your family. Plan to be on your own for at least the first three days (10 days is optimal). 

The following steps will help you prepare for any emergency:

  • Designate an out-of-area contact person. Try to select someone that is far enough away to not be affected by the same emergency. Provide this person with the names and contact information of the people you want to keep informed of your situation. Instruct family members to call this person and tell them where they are. Long distance phone service is often restored sooner than local service.

  • Duplicate important documents and keep copies off-site, either in a safety deposit box or with someone you trust. Documents may include: passport, drivers license, social security card, wills, deeds, financial statements, insurance information, marriage license and prescriptions.

  • Inventory valuables, in writing and with photographs or video. Keep copies of this information off-site with your other important documents.

  • Make a household/family plan. Involve all key people in planning.

  • Make your home safe.

  • Put together a disaster supply kitPlan to have supplies for yourself and your family for at least three days (10 days is optimal) following a disaster.
  • When planning, consider the special needs of childrenseniors or people with disabilities, family members that don't speak English and pets.

       
How to Prepare
Household Family
Children
Seniors and Disabled
Pets
RPV & EPC Listserve
Home Safety
Water
First Aid Go Bag
Phone
Utilities
Volunteer
Amature Radio
Training
Community
What to do if. . . Earthquake
Storm Flooding
Contagious Disease
Terrorism
  Evacuation
No Power
Shelter in Place