Emergency Preparedness Essentials


Develop A Custom Plan

While every emergency disaster plan should address a few key areas, you should customize your plan to meet your family's specific needs. As you developed a customized emergency plan for you and your famiy, consider involving your neighbors, co-workers, friends and extended family in your planning process in order to create a network who will assist each other during an emergency. Your plan should include specifics as to how each member of the network with assist each other member with specific needs relating to shelter, evacuation, communication, child care, food storage and accessibility, medical assistance, etc.

The following are resources that will help you develop a emergency plan to meet your specific needs:

Things To Remember and Consider

You should consider tailoring your emergency plan for specific needs and responsibilities based on several factors including those previously mentioned. Other factors to keep in mind as you develope your plan include:
  • different ages of members
  • specifically how members will assist each other during an emergency
  • locations where members are often located
  • dietary requirement
  • special medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • cultural and religious considerations
  • pets or service animals
As mentioned, a good emergency plan should address the individual needs of each family member. The following are few examples of considerations for custimizing your emergency plan:
  • If you have children make sure you're familiar with their school's emergency plan. Also make sure that if the emergency requires that you as parents must seek shelter at another location other than your home that your children are going to be safe wherever they're at.
  • Those who are hard of hearing or deaf need to make sure they have a way of finding out about a disaster when it occurs.
  • Those who have special transporation requirements should coordinate with disability service providers when making their emergency plan.
  • Individuals who speak a language other than English, or a language other than that spoken in their community, need to figure out ahead of time how they're going to be advised in case of major disaster or emergency.
  • If you don't have a vehicle you need to become very familiar with your public transportation systems. Remember, in a disaster scenario it's very likely that public transportation systems may be overwhelmed, so plan ahead and make sure you have an emergency transportation plan in place.
  • If you have new borns or young infants in your home, you'll want to make sure that you have special food and supplies in your emergency storage.
  • If you have individuals with special dietary needs in your household make sure that you have adequate food storage to meet their immediate and extended needs.
  • If you or anyone in your household requires onging medication make sure that you have an adequate supply on hand.
  • Individuals with specialed medical equipment will require ongoing power supply. Make sure you have backup power supply in place (i.e. generators, batteries, etc.) when loss of power may jeopardize the health or safety of you a family member.
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