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Make an emergency plan

Learn how to create an emergency plan to protect yourself and others in the event of a crisis.


Confusion and worry are common reactions to disasters and emergencies. You can cope with the stress of these situations by having an emergency plan in place.

Planning tips

Know the risks

It is critical to be aware of the hazards in your area so that you can develop a strategy to prepare for them. To initiate a conversation with the individuals around you, use the following questions.

  • What are the risks in your neighborhood?

  • What risks do these dangers represent to you and your family?

  • In the event of a disaster, what are your responsibilities?

  • What should you do if officials tell you to seek shelter?

  • What should you do if an evacuation order is issued by authorities?

Prepare financially

  • It takes more than having money in the bank to be financially prepared. Here are some suggestions to assist you in achieving financial stability.

  • Make sure you have enough insurance and create a complete inventory of all your belongings, including photos.

  • Cash should be kept on hand in case ATMs or debit machines are inaccessible.

  • Create an emergency savings account if possible to cover expenses in the event of an emergency.

  • Keep track of all expenses incurred during a crisis or emergency.

  • Understanding the difference between insurable and non-insurable catastrophe financial aid will help you guarantee that your assets are sufficiently protected.

Gather supplies and build a kit

There are numerous ways for you and your family to become more prepared. You can put together emergency packs that you can grab and go, and make sure you have enough supplies at home in case you need to seek refuge.

In any situation, you’ll want to ensure that you and your loved ones are secure, warm, and comfortable.

  • Make sure you have enough supplies in your home to last 7 to 14 days (for example, canned food, water, cleaning supplies).

  • Create an emergency kit that you can readily carry during an evacuation.

  • Consider newborns, children, and pets.

  • Take into account any medical supplies your family may require.

Make a list of items you can’t live without if money or time is an issue. It’s difficult to think critically when you’re stressed. Having a list that you can go to in order to swiftly grab and go can be beneficial. What supplies would you gather if you were in this situation?

Communicating during emergencies

When an emergency arises, it’s likely that you and your loved ones will be separated. Talking brings everyone on the same page and aids in the identification of various requirements.

One approach to improving your chances of staying connected in an emergency is to make emergency contact cards for each person in your household. Keep emergency contact information in your house (hard copy) and on your cell phone (digital) — this should contain both work and mobile numbers.

Another approach to stay connected is to choose an out-of-town emergency contact. Use your contact as a central check point if you can’t reach each other. This contact can offer you with updates on your loved one’s condition and location, as well as assist you in reconnecting.

Start a conversation

Why is it so necessary to start a conversation?

  • It takes a team to be prepared. Sharing your emergency plan with others is a good idea. Talking can lead to action and be the first step toward developing a strategy.

  • To start the conversation, bring up recent events and ask, “What would you do if that happened to you?”

Make community connections

A more linked community is more resilient. During an emergency, neighbors are often the first to lend a helping hand and offer assistance. It is simpler to ask for help when you need it and to offer help when you know others need it the most when you know your neighbors before an unexpected circumstance strikes.

It’s not always easy to get to know the people in your neighborhood. Here are some ideas for how you might broaden your network.

  • Begin small and progress from there. When you next see a neighbor, give them a friendly wave and a friendly hello.

  • Volunteer for a hobby or a cause that you care about.

  • Make a contact list for the community. This can assist you in identifying people who may require assistance as well as those who can provide assistance.

  • Join or start a social media page or group for your community. If you decide to make one, consider leaving a ‘invite’ in your neighbors’ mailboxes to let them know about it.

  • Make a buddy system with someone who can provide regular support. You can keep an eye on each other’s pets, water each other’s plants while you’re gone, and assist one another in times of need.