Make a Plan

Think about what challenges you might face in an emergency. Then decide how you're going to weather the storm.

  • Learn about emergencies most likely to happen where you live, learn, and work.
  • Talk with household members about what you would do in an emergency.
  • Make sure to plan for the needs of children, household members with disabilities, and pets.
  • People with disabilities and functional needs should develop a plan with their support network, including transportation and in-home support services. Idea: Give a spare key to a member of your network along with information about your supplies and equipment.
  • Check your home emergency supplies—what you have and what you need. Assemble a Home Emergency Supply Kit and a Grab-N-Go bag.
  • Identify an out-of-town contact and make sure all household members have the contact number in writing.
  • Choose three places to meet—one outside your home, one outside your neighborhood, and one outside your town.
  • Determine directions and alternate routes.
  • Practice your evacuation plan twice a year and drive or walk your planned routes.
  • Check your home insurance coverage, including flood insurance, and talk to your insurance agent to learn more.

Take your plan with you