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Make a plan
Make a plan
Make and practice a disaster plan for you and your family. This can help keep everyone safe, aware and together. Your plan should include an emergency supply kit as well as details on:
- What to do and where to go if you have to leave your home
- Where to meet if your family becomes separated
- How to get emergency alerts and warnings
Some family members may need special care during an emergency. Make sure you have a plan for everyone, including:
- Older adults
- Those with disabilities
During the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll want to update your plan. You'll need to make sure you include steps to keep your family safe from COVID-19, too. Just check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more info.
In the event of a disaster, make sure you have an emergency supply kit ready when you need it. Prepare your kit to include at least three days’ worth of food, water, clothing, updated list of medications and supplies. And add any other items based on your family’s needs.
Need to make a checklist? You can see these examples for ideas:
It’s never too early to talk to kids about a disaster plan. Letting them know what to expect will help them prepare and have less fear. Even better, they’ll learn how to keep themselves safe if you’re not with them when an emergency happens.
Your disaster plan should include your pets, too. The best way to prepare is to pack a pet “go bag.” Make sure it includes food, medications, documents and other items your pets may need. If you have to leave your home, don’t leave your pets behind. Be sure to take them with you.
Here are some other steps you can take to keep your pets safe:
- Bring pets indoors.
- Find a pet-friendly hotel in case you need to relocate.
- Make sure your pets are current on vaccines. Pet shelters may require proof of vaccination.
- Have current photos of your pets.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pets.
- Have a leash or pet carrier ready.
- Have enough food, water and newspapers or trash bags for clean-up.
Preparing your home before a storm or a disaster can help you lower the chance of damage.
Take these steps to help protect your home:
- Turn off electricity and water.
- Leave natural gas on.
- Turn off propane gas service.
- If you expect flooding, use sandbags to keep water away from your home.
- Cover the outside of windows with shutters or plywood.
- Bring things indoors (outdoor furniture, toys, hanging plants and any other objects that can blow around).
Know how to keep you and your family safe and healthy during an emergency. A little preparation now can make a big difference later.
Questions about your medications? You can call your local pharmacy for more info. If a disaster or emergency affects your area, you may be able to get an early refill.
During an emergency, you may not be able to see your doctor in person. Through secure video on your computer, you can meet with a licensed doctor for treatment of common health conditions. Cold or flu? Great reasons to use telehealth. You can also get help with allergies, sinus problems and more.