Most families do not have a plan in place, but spending the time to develop one can make all the difference if your family is involved in a disaster.
- Non-perishable food
- Battery powered radio
- First aid kit
- Whistle (for signaling for help)
- Multi purpose tool or small tool assortment
- Special health needs
- Children’s needs
- Pet’s needs
- Fire Extinguisher
- Financial documents
Identifying the Hazards in Your Community
Now that you have put together a kit so you have some basic needs to be self sufficient, you should do a little research on the hazards faced in your community. The different hazards we face in our communities come with different actions that you would need to take.
Below is a ranking of identified hazards here in Gallatin County. Keep in mind that anything on this list could cause a huge impact, regardless of where it is on the list. For example, some events may be higher on the list because they occur more frequently, yet less frequent events may cause more harm.
Creating a Plan
Based on the hazards you face, a good start to you plan would be answering the following questions:
- Where are your meeting places?
- Not just in your house, but in the neighborhood and outside of your immediate neighborhood.
- Who is your family’s emergency contact person?
- If you can’t directly contact each other, who will everyone try to contact with their status. It is often good to use someone that lives elsewhere so they aren’t part of the disaster.
- What are your escape routes from your house and where will you meet?
- If you have to leave your house, how will you take care of your pets?
- Not only if you leave them behind, but what if they need to be relocated.
- Have you identified what you need to take with you in case of evacuation?
After You Have a Plan
- Practice the plan with your family!
- Practice makes perfect, and during the disaster is not the time to learn it!
- Review it periodically!
- Communities change, jobs change, kids get older – all things that will vary the plan.