4 easy steps to help your family prepare for a disaster

September is National Preparedness Month. Talk to your friends and family about how you will communicate before, during, and after a disaster. Update your plan based on the Centers for Disease Control recommendations due to the coronavirus.

Make a Plan to Prepare


It’s important to make a plan with your family in case a disaster strikes. Talk to your family members, friends, or roommates to make sure you know how you’ll contact each other, where emergency kits are located, and how you’ll reconnect after the disaster.


Step 1: Ask these questions:


Step 2: Consider the specific needs of your household

Every household is unique. It’s important to figure out the specific needs and responsibilities that will help your family in a disaster.

Consider the different ages in your household, dietary needs, medical needs such as prescriptions or equipment, disabilities, language barriers, and your family pets.

Figuring out these aspects of your household will help you figure out how to communicate with each other, who can assist with what tasks, and what areas need to be addressed before, during, and after a disaster.


Step 3: Fill out a family emergency plan

Download and fill out this family emergency plan from, or use it as a template to create your own.


Step 4: Practice makes perfect

Once you’ve made your plan, it’s important to practice it a few times.

There’s no right or wrong amount of times to practice.

The important thing is that you make sure your family understands what to do.


Be prepared

Disasters can strike unexpectedly. Taking the time to make a plan for your household can help save lives. 

Take the time this month to figure out your disaster preparedness plan. 

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