Personal Preparedness

  1. Make a Plan
  2. Build a Kit
  3. Stay Informed
  4. Get Involved

Discuss with your family and friends about what you will do in case of an emergency. Get a plan in writing and be sure to write down specifics on how your household will respond. A template can be used such as this or you can create your own with some basic information.

Meeting Places: Determine two locations to reunite with your household:

1)      Near your home in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire disaster

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2)      A specific location away from your home in case you cannot return or need to evacuate your home. Make sure this option would be far enough away from the potential hazard that it is accessible.

                Establish an out-of-area contact: Local phone lines may be down or overloaded following a disaster. An out-of-area contact can relay information back and forth and establish a list of all family members status and location. See more on out-of-area contacts here.

                Write down emergency contact phone numbers: In an emergency, do not rely on the contacts in your cell phone, there may not be power to recharge it. Have a communication card handy for all family members.

Revisit your plan, at least annually and make revisions as necessary.