Disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes can strike with little or no warning. September is National Preparedness Month, making it a good time for you and your household to make a plan in case you need to evacuate your home or get trapped inside for days. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends the following steps for creating an emergency plan:
1. Discuss the following questions:
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
- What is my shelter plan?
- What is my evacuation route?
- What is my household communication plan?
- Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
2. Consider specific needs in your household.
3. Fill out a household emergency plan.
4. Practice your plan with your household.
These tips pertain to your home, but remember that emergencies can happen anywhere. Visit FEMA’s website—Ready.gov—to learn more about preparing for emergencies at home, at work and on the road.