Planning now on how you and your family would respond to any emergency will help you and your family remain calm, think clearly and react appropriately to any disaster scenario. Use ReadyWake! as your preparation guide. This site contains information on potential hazards, instructions on how to make your own family preparedness kit, and list of valuable phone numbers.


You and your family members may not be in the same place when an emergency happens. Planning ahead, talking about – and practicing – what to do during and after an emergency will help you remain calm, think clearly and react appropriately.  Discuss how you will get to a safe place, get in touch with each other and get back to each other.

Your plans should include:
  • Phone numbers of a pre-designated contact person for family members to call should you become separated

  • Where to meet if separated

  • Potential shelter locations for you and your pets

  • How to be safe if you remain in your home during a disaster

Be sure to assemble an emergency preparedness kit and keep it in a convenient, readily accessible location. You should have one for your home, office and automobile.
Self-preparedness not only increases your and your family's ability to survive, but also reduces the workload of first responders, emergency medical services, fire fighters and law enforcement.