Be Prepared – Make a Plan

Making a family disaster plan involves discussing what your family will do during an actual emergency.

  • Meeting Place: Where to go in the event your home is inaccessible.
  • Contacts: Identify an out-of-town friend or relative as a point of contact.
  • Personalize: Plan for the specific needs of your household, such as transportation or medical equipment
  • Go-Bag: Prepare a kit with essential items to last at least three days. Include: water, battery-powered radio and extra batteries, non-perishable food and a can opener, flashlights, first aid kit and medications, and pet supplies

See Detailed Steps for Personal Preparedness

Resources for Making a Plan

Be Ready, Make a Plan: ownload forms, get alerts from around the National Capital Region (NCR), and find out how the NCR has prepared for an emergency.

Pet Preparedness: Remember your animals!

American Red Cross: Find useful information about preparing for specific emergencies from heat waves to chemical emergencies.

American Red Cross, National Capital Chapter: Get resources, classes and assistance from the local American Red Cross chapter. Find useful checklists, downloads, and information to keep your family, business, and kids prepared.