More than a collection of names, phone numbers, and street addresses, an Emergency Action Plan is an instruction manual for how to stay healthy, stay informed, and stay in contact in an emergency. Because an Emergency Action Plan affects everyone in your household, the whole household should be involved in making and practicing the plan.
According to FEMA , over 60 percent of people do not have an emergency plan that they have discussed with their household. Here are 5 simple things you can do to start your Emergency Action Plan :
- Find phone numbers for your physician, pediatrician, pharmacist, and veterinarian. Other important numbers you should know include:
- Poison Control Center: 800-222-1222
- Animal Poison Control Helpline: 888-426-4435
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Ask a friend or relative who lives outside of the immediate area—preferably in another state—to be your family’s Out-of-Town Contact.
- Identify a shelter-in-place location inside your home, two (2) emergency meeting places outside your home where your family can reunite in an emergency, and at least two (2) ways out of every room in your home.
- Ask your child’s school or daycare about their emergency communication and family reunification plans.
- Update your Emergency Action Plan whenever your family moves, your child changes schools, you change jobs, have a child, or experience some other significant life event.
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- Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Health Care NeedsExternal (AAP)
- Care Plan for Parents of Children with Special Needs (Seattle Children’s Center for Children with Special Needs)External
- Resources for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers
- Preparedness for Expectant and New Parents
- Pet Boarding InstructionsCdc-pdf
- Public Health Matters: Autism and Preparedness
- Disaster Information for People with Chronic Conditions and Disabilities
- Natural Disaster Resources for Families Affected by AutismExternal
- Emergency Preparedness Checklist for People with ThalassemiaCdc-pdfExternal
- Emergency Preparedness and Response for People with Blood Disorders
- Preparing for Emergencies: A Guide for People on DialysisCdc-pdfExternal
- Diabetes: Be Prepared!
- Emergency Preparedness Resources for People with Disabilities and their Caregivers
- Personal Preparedness for Older Adults and Their Caregivers
- Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs in Emergencies