Make A Plan

Preparedness is key, which is why it’s so important to have a plan. While disasters can be unpredictable, a plan can help ensure that you and your family stay safe when a disaster strikes. So, please take time to create a disaster plan by following the simple steps below.

Step 1: Begin Developing your Plan by Answering these Questions
  1. Which types of disasters are most likely to affect my area?
  2. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. If I must evacuate, what is my shelter plan?
  5. What is my family’s communication plan?
  6. Is my emergency disaster kit ready to go?
    • Remember to include face masks, hand sanitizer and other types of disinfectants due to COVID-19

 

Step 2: Consider your Family’s Specific Needs

Disaster plans can vary depending on your lifestyle and daily responsibilities. Take into account some of these unique factors when developing your disaster plan:

 

Step 3: Write Down your Disaster Emergency Plan

After answering the questions above and considering your family’s specific needs, you’re ready write down your disaster emergency plan.

Your emergency plan should include:

  • Names and contact information for each household family member
    • Include individual medical needs or information if applicable
  • An out of town contact to act as a central point of communication to help your household reconnect if separated
  • Insurance information
  • Contact information for medical providers
  • Emergency meeting place
    • Determine a safe place where your family can go for protection or to reunite if separated.
  • Any other important phone numbers, which may include:
    • School or childcare facility
    • Veterinarian
    • Emergency services

You can either download and complete FEMA’s emergency plan form or use their plan as a guide to create your own. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency’s mobile app is also an excellent resource to help you create your emergency plan.

 

Step 4: Practice your Plan with your Family

At least once a year, you’ll want to review, update and practice your family’s disaster emergency plan so you’ll be ready whenever a disaster may strike.