Make a plan: Discuss warning systems in your community (sirens, media, Reverse 9-1-1). Know the emergency plan for places that you or family members spend time: work, school, day care and others. Designate a meeting place and a back up location. Set aside time, on a regular basis, to discuss your family’s emergency plan.
Communication: Define how you will you contact each other. Every family member should know the phone numbers and carry coins, cell phone or prepaid calling cards. Designate a single point of contact and check in with that person as soon as safely possible following a disaster.
It may be easier to call to an out of town relative or friend. Even when cell towers are down, texting may still operate on cell phones.
Emergency Contact: Add a contact to your cell phone address book with the name ICE (In Case of Emergency). Many emergency responders are trained to check for this information if an injured person in unable to communicate.
Disaster supplies: Make a kit and put it your safe place that includes supplies for several days—nonperishable food, water, prescription drugs, change of clothing, flashlights, battery operated radio, first aid kit and personal documents.
Secure: If there’s time, board windows and glass doors and stow other items.
Contact2-1-1: If you would require evacuation assistance, call 2-1-1 to be placed on the emergency evacuation registry. When disaster strikes, 2-1-1 provides up to date evacuation routes, shelters and recovery information. Click here for more disaster recovery information.