Plan – Individual Actions
Everyone knows that they should have a family disaster plan, but sometimes it is not clear what exactly should be in that plan, and what else you need to do to plan for a disaster. We’ve identified three areas for you to focus your efforts throughout the year.
I. Complete your plan:
We’ve identified ten specific points that should be addressed in your family disaster plan. If you’d like a free template to use for your plan, please sign up here.
- Contact Information
- Medical Information
- State/Local Emergency Information Sources
- Emergency Meeting Locations
- Primary Local Hazards
- Key Documents
- Shelter-in-place location
- Escape Routes
- Communications procedures
- Family Member Disaster Responsibilities
1. Threats/hazards – you should have a basic knowledge concerning the man-made and natural threats/hazards that you could face such as the following:
a) Natural Hazards
- Severe Winter Storm
b) Man-Made Threats/Hazards
- Toxic Industrial Chemical/Material Spill/Release
- Transportation accident
- Active shooter
- Chemical attack
- Biological attack
- Radiological attack
- Nuclear attack
- Improvised explosive attack
- Cyber attack
c) To find natural hazards common in your area enter your zip code through this site:
2. Warning – Identify how you will stay informed of potential or on-going disasters in your area. This includes knowing the latest social media tools and apps that can provide this information.
3. Resources – Identify all of the resources that are available concerning disaster preparedness.
- State – Offices of Emergency Management:
b) Private Sector
c) Non-Governmental Organizations
III. Take action
- Legal preparedness – Complete key legal documents such as a will, living will, living trust, and power of attorney.
- Financial preparedness – Complete key financial preparations to prepare for a disaster to include planning for what to do if you are unable to work for a short or extended period of time.
- Administrative preparedness – Make copies of key family documents and store them on and off-site in a waterproof container and/or through a cloud storage provider.
- Mitigation for your house – Get a professional home inspection, and identify steps you can take to protect your household and belongings from fire, flood, earthquake, etc..
- Communication – Plan for how to maintain communication during a disaster, and how to protect yourself from a cyber-attack. Take info security precautions, use antivirus software, use cloud backup/external devices, and have battery backups/additional chargers for your laptop and cell phones.