with family members should an emergency occur when you’re not together.
Be sure everyone in the family knows
what to expect and what to do.
2. Have supplies and resources at the
ready. Think about what you’ll need for
these scenarios. Make a list and keep
it handy so that you can pull vital items
• Keep a small bag packed with a spare
set of comfortable clothes and shoes.
Have an emergency kit at home with
water, canned food and supplies.
• Know where your important papers
(passport, identification, will), com-
puter back-ups and other essential
items are stored so that you can grab
them quickly. Have a digital back-up of
Every emergency situation is unique, and there
is no assurance of how long you’ll have to pre-
pare. And let’s face it, when faced with such an
emergency, we may not necessarily think straight.
1. Have a plan. Develop a plan now so that
you don’t have to start from scratch in an
emergency. Involve all family members in
planning for several scenarios:
• Have an escape plan for getting every-
one out of the house in the event of fire
at any time of the day or night.
• Plan how you’ll stay safe at home without power, water or services for up to a
week in the event of earthquake.
• Be ready to leave your home quickly by
car or on foot to escape an imminent
• Plan for your pets, and for connecting