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Family Emergency Planning
Developing a Family Disaster Plan
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A family disaster plan can keep residents safe and out of harm’s way in a severe weather event. Once your family develops and finalizes a plan, be sure to practice it frequently. A few things to consider when creating your own family emergency plan.
  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect the family. Know the home’s vulnerability to storm surge, flooding, wind, and tornadoes.
  • Determine if the home is located in a storm surge evacuation zone. If so, know exactly where to go to reach safe shelter, and know how to get there.
  • If the home is located outside a storm surge evacuation zone, and the home is well constructed, its residents still need to have a hurricane plan.
  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in the home for each hurricane hazard. Sometimes the safest areas may not be in the home, but within the community.
  • Determine escape routes from the home and a designated meeting place nearby.
  • Designate an out-of-state contact so all family members have a single point of contact.
  • Make a plan now for what to do with pets if the family needs to evacuate. Most hurricane shelters do not accept pets.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers. Make sure children know how and when to call 9-1-1.
  • Review insurance coverage – flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.
  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a disaster supply kit.
  • Monitor a NOAA weather radio for official, real-time weather information.
  • Take First Aid, CPR, and disaster preparedness classes.

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