Disaster Preparedness Checklist

 Have you ever thought that if a natural disaster strikes, you and your family may not be together?do you have a disaster or emergency plan

So it is important to know which types of natural disasters could affect your area and start planning accordingly.

Ok, let’s get your plan started.

Step 1:

Planning in advance

This will help ensure that all the members of your household—including children and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, as well as outside caregivers—know how to reach each other and where to meet up in an emergency.

Planning starts with three easy steps:

  1. Collect

  2. Share

  3. Practice

Start by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

FEMA has a very helpful guide to help you with this process.

Click the link below to download:

Emergency Plan for Parents (PDF)

Step 2:

Consider specific needs in your household

As you prepare your plan to tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities.

Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment.

Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members of your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages are spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3:

Creating your Family Emergency Communication Plan

Starts with one simple question: “What if?”disaster preparedness checklist

  • What if something happens and I’m not with my family?”
  • “Will I be able to reach them?”
  • “How will I know they are safe?”
  • “How can I let them know I’m OK?”

During a disaster, you will need to send and receive information from your family. Communication networks, such as mobile phones and computers, could be unreliable during disasters, and electricity could be disrupted.

Download your copy of the “Family Emergency Communication Plan” below and fill out or use it as a guide to creating your own.

“Family Emergency Communication Guide” 

Step 4:

Practice your plan with your family/household

It is very important to practice and update your emergency survival plan on a regular basis. Everyone in your household should know where the disaster survival kit and emergency first aid kit are kept.

Where to shelter and how to communicate with one another. Practicing and reviewing your plan will help in your and your family’s survival in the event of an emergency or disaster.


Below are links to FEMA Disaster/Emergency Guides and Plans. 

Check out the related links to learn what to do before, during and after each type of emergency.


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