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Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Family Emergency Planning

Having a plan in place for your family is just as important as having supplies in the event of an emergency. Depending on the severity of a disaster it is highly likely communications will be disrupted. Having a plan today will save lives and help you reunite with your family in the event of a disaster. Here are our tips for creating your emergency plan.


Determine the emergency you are most likely to encounter.

Whether it be earthquake, flood, or tornado, understand what disaster you are likely to face, what the warning signs might be and tailor your plan to fit your needs.


Identify special needs.

Keep in mind that every family is different. Each of our kits comes with universal supplies, but you also want to take into account needs specific to your family members and your daily routines. Once identified determine who will be responsible for addressing each of these needs in the event of an emergency. Some factors you’ll want to consider:

  • Medications and disabilities
  • Dietary needs
  • Pets & service animals


Identify where everyone will be.

Depending on how suddenly disaster strikes and the time of day your family may be spread out across your town or city. When planning you want to consider and ideally map out where everyone will be, someone may be in the office, or you may have kids at school.

If you have kids in school determine whether the school has an emergency plan and who will be responsible for collecting them.


Determine a meeting location.

In the event your family is scattered in multiple locations, determine a viable meeting location to regroup. This maybe your home, a friend or family’s home, a school, or an emergency facility. When deciding on this location you’ll want to consider a central point everyone can access. Take into consideration the fact that bridges or other infrastructure may collapse making travel difficult.


Identify an evacuation route.

Once again depending on the type of emergency, it may not be possible to shelter in place. In that event, you will be required to evacuate. Some states have designated evacuation areas predetermined for disasters. If your state doesn’t have a predetermined evacuation area discuss and decide on an external meet-up location for your family that would be far enough away from the potential disaster zone.


Create a central contact.

With disrupted communications, it is best to have an out of state contact. It is sometimes possible to make calls out of the area even when local communications are down. Your central contact can also help consolidate information in the event your family is separated.


Practice your plan.

Once you’ve created a plan take the time to practice it. A plan will only work as well as you remember it. The more your family puts their plan into action the easier it will be for them to remember in the event of a real disaster.




All of Prepared Cascadia’s emergency packs come with emergency planning documents. Use these documents to help your family get for the Big One.