Home Preparedness

Your Family Emergency Plan
Make sure your family has a Family Emergency Plan (PDF) in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency. Keep a copy of this plan in your emergency supply kit or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

Your Family Disaster Supplies Calendar

The Family Disaster Supplies Calendar (PDF) is intended to help you prepare for man-made or natural disasters before they happen. Using the calendar, your family can assemble an emergency kit in the small steps over a six-month period. Check off each week as you gather the contents. Supplies may be stored all together in a large plastic garbage can or food may be kept on kitchen shelves. Remember to rotate your perishable supplies and change water every six months.

Getting Started

  • Check your house for supplies that you already have on hand.
  • Decide where you will store supplies
  • Meet with your family to plan.
  • Explain how to prepare; explain when and how to respond
  • Discuss what to do if you need to evacuate.
  • Practice your plan.
Select foods based on your family's needs and preferences. Pick low-salt, water-packed varieties when possible. Canned meats may include tuna, chicken, raviolis, chili, beef stew, Spam, corned beef, etc.