How to Create an Emergency Action Plan
Responsible homeownership means being prepared for the unexpected, such as natural disasters, fires, or other safety hazards. By planning for these situations, you’ll stay one step ahead of emergencies that may arise. Here’s a quick guide to help you start planning.
Needs will vary based on age, disabilities, and other factors. Discuss how you will help one another with things like:
- Dietary requirements
- Operation of medical equipment
- Functional equipment and mobility devices
- Support for school-aged children
- Languages, cultural, and religious considerations
- Pets or service animals
Here are a few next steps for you and the rest of your household to take together:
- Sign up for emergency alerts and warnings to get notified of a natural disaster.
- Find your nearest shelter, and plan how to get there and where to meet if you are separated.
- Confirm your local evacuation route so you know what to do if you must leave quickly.
- Determine your communication plan — will you text or call? Does everyone have all relevant phone numbers and addresses?
- Build your emergency preparedness kit so you can grab it and go without wasting time.