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Make a Plan

2020 started with a massive ice storm causing extended power outages and ended with ongoing restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arguably the most important lesson learned from the last twelve months? Proper preparation is essential in ensuring household safety and comfort if an emergency occurs. Follow the four steps below to establish a preparation plan for your family.

Step 1: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is your shelter plan?
  3. What is your family/household communication plan?
  4. Do you need to create an emergency preparedness kit?
  5. Check with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and update emergency plans due to Coronavirus.

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

Tailor your plans and supplies to specific daily living needs and responsibilities. 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

Find a free, download ready version of the family emergency planning guide at

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household