Share this page Print

How to make an emergency plan

An emergency action plan can reduce the impact of an emergency situation. Making a plan will ensure that you and your family members know what to do and who to call. To start making your plan, download the Household Emergency Action Plan booklet or Plain Language brochure – a simplified guide to emergency preparedness.

Tips to get you started

  • Reduce hazards in your home and have an evacuation plan.
  • Sit down with your family and discuss what to do during an emergency. Where would you go? What would you need? Where would you meet?
  • If you have children, make sure they know when to call 9-1-1.
  • Have a family reunion plan. Designate a common meeting place outside your community. Everyone should check in with an out-of-town friend or relative. Though phone landlines and mobile networks may be overloaded, often a text message will go through.
  • Ensure that you have a place to stay in case you are evacuated from your home. You should have at least one friend or relative in your city who can help you and your family in an emergency and at least one out-of-town friend or relative who would also be willing. Keep the contact information for these friends or relatives in your 72-hour kit.
  • Make a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit. Include copies of important documents and emergency contacts. Store more copies in a second location, such as at work or in your vehicle.