Creating A Family Disaster Plan

Where will you & your family be WHEN IT STRIKES!

Work?  School?  Home?  Traveling?

Will you know What to do and where to go?


  1. Finding Out What Could Happen in Your Area.
  2. Contact the organizations that are listed at the front of this booklet. They can give you the phone numbers to your local chapter who can tell you what disasters could happen in your area.
  3. Find out what your community’s warning signals are, what they sound like and what you should do when you hear them.
  4. Learn about the disaster plans at work, school, daycare and other places where your family spends time.
  5. If you have animals, find out about animal care. They may not be allowed in some places during and after a disaster.
  6. Find out how to help the elderly and disabled.
  7. Create a Disaster Plan for your family.
  8. Meet with your family and discuss what types of disasters could happen in your area and what to do.
  9. Discuss the steps of evacuation.
  10. Choose 2 places to meet family members:
  11. Outside your house if members are home.
  12. Outside your neighborhood in case you can’t get to your home. (City park, church, school playground, etc.)
  13. Ask an out-of-state family member or friend to be your family’s “Contact Person”. After a disaster, communications can be difficult. Many times, it is easier to get through to your contact person out of state than to make a local call.  If your family members become separated in a disaster, have them call this person and let them know where they are and if all is well with them.
  14. Practice and Maintain your plan
  15. Conduct fire and emergency evacuation drills.
  16. Quiz your family every six months so they don’t forget.
  17. Test and recharge fire extinguishers.
  18. Check/rotate food & water in your evacuation-kit every 6 months.
  19. Test smoke detectors monthly. Change batteries every 6 months.
  20. Remember to always remain calm. Panic causes accidents.


Important Phone Numbers

Post by each phone. (Use all that are appropriate in your area.)

  • My Name
  • My Phone
  • My Address
  • My City
  • Nearest Intersection to my house
  • Ambulance
  • Paramedics
  • Fire
  • Police
  • Sheriff
  • Search and Rescue
  • Highway Patrol
  • Coast Guard/Harbor Patrol
  • Hospital
  • Poison Control
  • Children’s Hospital
  • Trauma Center
  • Burn Center
  • Cardiac Center
  • Family Doctor
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Pharmacy
  • Employer
  • Father’s Work
  • Mother’s Work
  • Other Relatives
  • Neighbor
  • Out-of-Town Contact Person
  • Out-of-State Contact Person
  • Pastor or Church Leader
  • Babysitter
  • Daycare Center
  • Pre-School
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • Junior High
  • High School
  • Gas
  • Power
  • Telephone
  • Handyman
  • Electrician
  • Plumber
  • Mechanic
  • Family Attorney
  • Accountant
  • Banker or Financial Advisor
  • Insurance Agent
  • Mortgage Company
  • Landlord
  • Emergency Roadside Assistance
  • Taxi
  • Public Transportation
  • Weather
  • Road Conditions
  • Avalanche
  • Forest Service
  • Snow Removal
  • Time and Temperature
  • Animal Control
  • American Red Cross
  • Disaster Clean -up Company
  • Crisis Hotline
  • Social Worker
  • Health Department
  • Others

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