Family Disaster Plan


Family Plan

  • Identify the types of hazardous that could affect your family.
  • Located a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hazard.
    • In certain circumstances, the safest areas may not be in your home but within your community.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet.
  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so all your family members have a single point of contact.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets should you need to evacuate.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.
  • Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage is not covered by homeowners insurance.
    • Only flood insurance covers floods.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.
    • Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days
    • Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days
    • Blankets and clothing
    • First aid kit, medications, and prescription drugs
    • Specials items for babies and the elderly
    • Toiletries, hygiene items, and moisture wipes
    • Flashlight and batteries
    • Battery operated NOAA weather radio
    • Keys
  • Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.

Pet Plan

Before the Disaster

  • Pets are current on their vaccinations.
  • Current photograph.
  • Keep a collar with identification on your pet and have a leash on hand to control your pet.
  • Have a properly sized pet carrier for each animal.
  • When planning your evacuation strategy don’t forget your pet.
    • If you plan to shelter your pet, work it into your evacuation route planning.

During a Disaster

  • Animals brought to a pet shelter are required to have:
    • Proper identification collar and rabies tag
    • Proper identification on all belongings
    • A carrier or cage
    • A leash
    • An ample supply or food, water and bowls
    • Any necessary medications
    • Specific care instructions
  • Bring pets indoors well in advance of a storm.
  • Pet shelters will be filled on a first come, first serve basins. Call ahead and determine availability.
  • Newspapers or trash bags for clean-up


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