Make a Plan


School Shelter

Learn the types of disasters most likely to occur in your community. Consider purchasing a weather radio to alert you of severe weather conditions.
Have enough supplies for a minimum of three days (preferably one week).
Know how, when and where to shut off water, gas and electric at the main sources to your home. Post emergency and utility provider numbers by the phone.
Check your insurance coverage. Flood damage, for example, is not covered by homeowner's insurance.

It is important to prepare your home to make it as safe as possible during a disaster event.


  • Have trees on your property inspected/trimmed.
  • Purchase window covering materials, tarps or other supplies ahead of time.
  • Take pictures or video of your home in the event it is damaged.
  • Install prominent and visible address numbers on your house.
  • Secure lawn or pool furniture, potted plants and other potential flying objects.



  • Get enough rest, and take breaks when you need them.
  • Set goals to help tackle obstacles.
  • Talk with your family and friends about concerns or frustrations.
  • Be patient with yourself and others.
  • Remember that you are not alone and that there are resources available to help you.


Contact your child's school or daycare to determine the facility's emergency notification and evacuation plans. Ask what type of authorization is required to release a child to someone else if you are not available to pick them up.
Plan your evacuation route.
Make arrangements for pets or livestock in advance. Make sure your pet has a license tag and a collar, and use a break away collar for cats.
Identify the safest area to take shelter during a disaster event. The safest area may not be your home, but elsewhere in the county or state.
Plan how your family will stay in touch if you become separated. Select an out-of-state contact for your family.
Include your children in the planning process and discuss any fears they may have.
Share Information with your family. Practice your plan of evacuation route.