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Have a Disaster Plan
Decide what you and your family will do when your daily routines are disrupted by an emergency. Plan together what each person is expected to do, where everyone will go, and how to get there. Write down your plan, share it with each other and then practice it at least twice a year.

Support your local community plans by volunteering in the community and by giving blood. If you plan to help your community recover from a disaster by volunteering with the Red Cross or another organization, make certain your plan includes how you will assist your neighbors while taking care of yourself and your family. If a family member is in the military, also plan for how you would respond if they are deployed and include the local military base resources that may be available.

How to plan

When preparing for a disaster, always:

  • Meet with your family household members
  • Discuss how to prepare and respond to emergencies most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play
  • Learn how and where to turn of utilities like natural gas, water and electricity
  • Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team
  • Choose a central meeting place in case you are not together when a disaster occurs