The likelihood that you and your family will recover from an emergency tomorrow often depends on the planning and preparation done today. While each person’s abilities and needs are unique, everyone can take steps to prepare for emergencies.

Don’t forget to think about specific needs. Those needs change over time, and your emergency plan should be updated regularly.

Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1 for emergency help.

FEMA provides several different types of plans you can download, fill out, and print. They include:

choose a safe spot

Depending on the emergency, you may have to move to a different location inside your home or leave your home for a safer location.

Designate safe rooms within your home. They should have as few windows or doors as possible and access to television, radio, or cell phone service. Make sure you have enough supplies and can access your emergency kit. (Hyperlink to emergency kit page)

If you need to leave your home, identify and practice how you will exit safely and quickly. Establish possible evacuation routes to ensure you can get to a designated meeting location. Also identify available modes of transportation.