make-a-planMake a Plan
Emergency preparedness plans are vital as they outline clear steps to follow during disasters, ensuring a coordinated response. These plans help allocate resources efficiently and minimize confusion and chaos in emergency situations. By having a plan in place, cities can reduce the impact of disasters on residents and infrastructure. Preparedness plans also promote community resilience, fostering a sense of unity and support among residents. Use the steps below to draft your own emergency preparedness plan.

animal-preparednessStep 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 5 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.
As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan
Click here to download and fill out a family emergency plan, or use it as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household
Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: 1) How you will contact one another; 2) How you will get back together; 3) What you will do in different situations.

Things to Consider

Establish individuals as emergency contacts, and be sure every member of your family knows the phone numbers for each of those contacts. Consider local contacts as well as contacts in other cities or states, since the local contacts may be impacted by the same disaster.
Other Plans in Place
Find out what disaster plans are in place at your work, your children's school, and other places your family spends time. Discuss preparedness with your family. Make sure you all understand what types of disasters can occur and what you will do in each case.
Escape Routes
Determine two escape routes from each room in your home.

Meeting Places
Pick three places to meet in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire. Decide a location in your neighborhood as well as a regional meeting place in case you can't return home.
Teach children how and when to call 9-1-1.
Fire Safety
Install smoke detectors on each level of your home, especially near bedrooms. Purchase a fire extinguisher and make sure everyone knows where it is and how to use it.
Learn basic first aid skills, including CPR.
Make sure your family has adequate insurance.

Additional Resources to Help Make a Plan
Stop Cyber Crime
Cyber Security
Active threats in the workplace
Business Preparedness Videos
What is Be Ready Business?
The Cost of Not Having a Business Continuity Plan
Previous Seminars and Trainings
ShakeOut Drills for Businesses
Flu Fight Resources for Businesses
15 Point Program to Business Continuity Planning
Hazards and Vulnerability Assessment Worksheet (See Tab 7 & 8)
Flood Insurance for Home and Business: The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Business Continuity Self-Assessment Checklist
SBA Disaster Loans

Children in Disasters

Family Communication Plan
Rapid Disaster Assessment Plan (RDAP)

Senior Citizens
Disaster Preparedness for Seniors

Special Needs
People with Special Needs

Jason Jones

Riverton City Emergency Manager 
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