Family Disaster Plan

How to Prepare Your Family

Below is what you should be discussing.

  • Discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind.

  • Locate a safe room or the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. In certain circumstances the safest areas may not be your home but within your community.

  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. These should be measured in tens of miles rather than hundreds of miles.

  • Have an out-of-state friend as a family contact, so all your family members have a single point of contact.

  • Make a plan now for what to do with your pets if you need to evacuate.

  • Post emergency telephone numbers by your phones and make sure your children know how and when to call 911.

  • Check your insurance coverage - flood damage is not usually covered by homeowners insurance.

  • Stock non-perishable emergency supplies and a Disaster Supply Kit.

  • Use a NOAA weather radio. Remember to replace its battery every 6 months, as you do with your smoke detectors.

  • Take First Aid, CPR and disaster preparedness classes.