Do You Have a Plan?
Disasters can happen anywhere, any time! They don't discriminate. They can impact anyone. Fires, wind damage and flooding are just some of the natural disaster threats in Arizona.
Do you have a plan if it happens to you? What if your family is separated? Do they know how to communicate if the cell system is down or becomes unreliable? Thinking about these issues, before the disaster and creating a plan is the key to weathering the storm!
Discuss with your Family:
How will we receive emergency alerts?
What is my plan for shelter if we must leave our home?
How will I evacuate my home or neighborhood?
Create a communication plan. Remember, Text is Best during a disaster!
Consider Your Needs: If you must evacuate quickly, what do you need to have ready to go? Does your family have special needs (Medications, dietary needs, special equipment, etc.) to plan for? Don't forget to plan for your pets!
Write it Down: Once your answer these questions, write it down and make sure everyone knows what to do.
Practice: Practicing your plan helps make sure everyone knows what to do!
Consider Specific Needs in Your Family:
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 operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.
Specific Factors to Consider When Developing Your Plan:
Different ages of members within your household
Responsibilities for assisting others
Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
Cultural and religious considerations
Pets or service animals
Households with school-aged children