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Indiana Department of Homeland Security

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     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.

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    *Enter the number of individuals that live in your house. ( Don't forget to count yourself!)

    lastname:
    street 1:
    street 2:
    city:
    state:
    zip:
    county:

    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

    meeting location:

    Out of State Contact

    name:
    street 1:
    street 2:
    city:
    state:
    zip:
    contact number:

    3. Pets

    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.

    We have pets :

    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.

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