The Family Preparedness Plan
There are individual(s) living your house. You should have prepared everyone in the house by properly educating them on possible disasters in the area, warning signs, and preparedness tips. Going back over these tips, the Get Informed section , should be done a few times a year.
Your family should go to the meeting location if a large scale disaster has occurred. When phone lines are down it makes local calls difficult, but out of state ones might be made with more success. With an out of state contact they can safely coordinate a place where everyone can meet up.
Local Meeting Location:
Out of State Contact:
Make sure you know your designated escape route and put an Indiana map with this printed list. If there is a large call disaster you should be ready to evacuate with little notice. Make sure you have designated back-up routes as well.
Proper arrangements should be taken care of. Most disaster shelters do NOT allow pets in the facility. Ensure each member of your household knows how to care for your pet(s).
You need to also include a family disaster kit. This is a supply kit that will help you and your family survive until emergency personnel are able to reach you. Disaster kits are tailored to your family. They take into account the people living in your house.
Indiana Department of Homeland Security wants you to be prepared for any disaster that might take place. Taking action now will help you and your family be more prepared for any emergency. It may take emergency personnel up to 3 days to reach you; therefore, the kits are designed for 3 days. Each kit will include basic items like water, food, flash light, battery powered radio, and a first aid kit.
One gallon of water per person per day. This is both for drinking and sanitary purposes. Your family needs gallons of water.
- For 3 days, one person needs at least 3 gallons of water.
- Store in clean plastic containers.
- The hotter is it the more water you may need.
- Sick, injured, children, and nursing mothers may need more as well.
3 day supply of non-perishable food. Make sure to store foods that require no preparation, no refrigeration, and very little water if any.
- Protein bars
- Canned meats
- Dry cereal
- Dry milk
- Peanut butter
- Baby Formula (if applicable)
- Crackers etc...
First Aid Kit
- Latex gloves
- Petroleum jelly
- Sterile dressings
- Soap or hydrogen peroxide
- Antibiotic ointment
- Prescription medication and supplies
- Over counter pain reliever
- Anti-diarrhea medication
Other Needed Items
- Wrench to Shut Off Gas and Water
- Can Opener (manual not powered)
- Eating Utensils
- Paper Cups, Plates, & Towels
- Flashlight and Extra Batteries (NO candles. Open flames could cause explosion with a gas leak)
- Battery Powered or Hand Crank Radio (NOAA weather radio preferably)
- Local Maps
- Dust Mask
- Plastic Sheeting
- Duct Tape
- Garbage Bags
- Fire Extinguisher
- Matches in a Waterproof Case
- Important Documents in Waterproof Container (Like birth certificates, social security card, deed, bonds, etc..)
- Chlorine Bleach (9 drops of water to 1 drop of bleach is a usable disinfectant and 16 drops of regular (no scents, color safe, or cleaners) bleach per gallon of water to make it drinkable)
- Cash (keep small bills because no power = no atm or credit cards)
- Clothes (Strong shoes, long sleeve shirt, jeans, extra socks)
- Entertainment for Kids (If applicable)
- Extra Baby Supplies (If applicable)
Making a plan for you and your family is very important.
It will keep all members of your family on the same page
and allow everyone to be as safe as possible.
Input some basic information (below)
to better help your family
prepare for disasters.
1. Meet with Your Family
First, you should sit down with your family and discuss the possible events that could take place for which your family needs a disaster plan. Each possible disaster should be explained in detail along with discussion regarding actions that should be taken before and after any such event.
*Enter the number of individuals that live in your house. ( Don't forget to count yourself!)
2. Contacts and Meeting Location
Now it's time to create an out of state contact and family meeting location. You need an out of state contact because during a disaster everyone within local proximity to you could be affected as well. Your contact out of state should be out of the disaster zone. This contact may be a loved one, family member, or just a friend as long as it's someone everyone can contact when separated to see if all members of the family are ok. Out of state calls might be easier to make if local circuits are overwhelmed and busy. Local phones and cell phones may not be working, so be patient.
During a disaster there should be a mutual meeting location for your family if they are separated. This meeting location should be different for each type of disaster. For example, for a natural disaster, an earthquake, you might meet at the house. However, during a nuclear disaster, man-made, your meeting location might be out of state. It is also useful to call each other as soon as possible to ensure safety and make sure everyone is on the same page. Discuss each disaster with your family and come up with meeting locations.
Local Meeting Location
Out of State Contact
Our pets are very special to us. In a disaster they need to be taken care of as well. If you evacuate, take your pet(s) with you because you may not be able to return. If it's not safe for you to be there, then it's not safe for them to be either. Also, most shelters do NOT allow pets, so plan accordingly.
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4. Evacuation Route
Come up with an escape route. This means make sure everyone has knowledge of the surrounding roads and highways. Have a back up road plan if the main path is cut off. Relocate to an area that is out of the danger zone. Keep a local detailed map in your car at all times. Also, keep one in your house in case you have to travel on foot.