How to prepare for an emergency.

Neighborhood Plan

You’ve met your neighbors. Now it’s time to put together an emergency plan. Working together to be prepared will help create a better plan.

Organize and announce a neighborhood meeting.

  • If possible, add your emergency planning activities to an existing community or neighborhood meeting
  • Use community news websites and newsletters, pass out flyers, and post in public places
  • Use existing tools to create a neighborhood emergency plan
  • Emphasize the need for everyone to work together
  • Have follow-up meetings

Create a neighborhood map.

Create a map that shows the following details:
  • Point out key community services and resources that can provide support
  • Identify community members that have training or skills that can provide support before, during or after an emergency
  • Identify the location of community members who may have additional needs including families with small children, people with pets, the elderly or those who need help to walk or move
  • Choose a neighborhood gathering or evacuation site
  • Create a neighborhood contact list with addresses, phone numbers and emails

Household Plan

In addition to a neighborhood plan, each household needs its own plan. This lets everyone in the household get involved and know what to do in an emergency.

  • Prepare an Household Emergency Kit that meets the needs of your family including additional needs of children, the elderly, and any pets
  • Know the location of your kit and include a plan with important information such as a neighborhood map, emergency contacts, evacuation routes/emergency exits, the location of the gas shut-off valve, water main shut-off valve and electrical circuit breaker box
  • Practice your plan and keep your Emergency supplies updated