Create A Plan

Develop an emergency plan for you and your family. Your family might not be together when an emergency happens. That is why it is important to have a plan in place. The entire family should know and understand the plan. Talk about how you will reach each other in different situations. You might think about a couple of different plans. Consider contacting the same friend or family member by phone or e-mail. Think about making an out-of-town family member or friend the contact.

Plan For Two Situations - Staying Home or Leaving

You should be prepared to stay in one place or to evacuate. Deciding whether it is best to stay or go depends on the type of emergency. Officials may tell you what you need to do. In some cases, limited communications and information may require you to decide what is best for you and your family.Family

Prepare A Shelter At Home

Before an emergency, decide which room in your house will be safest if you have to stay. The room should be in the interior of the house. Pick a room with few windows and doors. There are a few thing to keep in mind including:House

In an emergency where poisons are in the air, you may have to seal the room as best you can. This involves:

Know Where To Go If You Have To Leave

Sometimes it may not be safe to stay in your home. Plan where family members can meet. Know where you will go and how you will get there.Car

Emergency Planning Links

Create A Plan
Prepare A Kit
Listen For Information
Emergency Planning If You Have a Child In School
Emergency Planning At Work
Emergency Planning For People With Special Needs and Senior Citizens
Emergency Planning For Pets
Emergency Kit Checklist
Recovering From a Natural Disaster In College

Missouri DHSS Planning for Emergencies: Three Steps to be Prepared, A Family Safety Guide