Starting Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

Starting Your Disaster Preparedness Plan

If you’re like me, you think sometimes about what a good idea it would be to start working on an emergency plan in the event of a disaster. However, people are busy and it can seem overwhelming to think about what would happen if an earthquake/ storm/ landslide were to occur in an area that you are in, especially if you have a family to think about. What if your kids are at school, if you’re at work or out of town? The reality is that for the most part we don’t know when a disaster will strike, and that it why it is so important to have a plan in place so that you/ your family can stay safe and if you are separated, a plan to help communicate that everyone is safe.

One of the most important aspects of an emergency plan is that everyone involved knows the plan, and would be able to carry it out if you (or another family member) are not there. Below you will find an outline for how to start a disaster preparedness plan. For more information, you can go to and if you would like some more information about Sammamish Citizen Corps please check out our website

Basic Steps:

  • Meet with your household family members and discuss the disasters that are most likely to occur where you live/ work/ go to school.
  • Identify responsibilities for each family member and plan to work as a team.

What to do if you are separated from your family:

  • Plan 2 spots to meet
    • 1 outside the house in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire
    • 1 outside your neighborhood if you cannot return home or need to evacuate
  • Choose an out-of-area emergency contact person
    • It may be easier to reach someone out of state (call or text) because local lines may be overloaded with those trying to reach their family members.
    • Make sure the person knows that they are your out-of-area contact and that all family members know the number.

Plan Ahead:

  • Practice evacuating your house at least 2 times per year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes in case your planned route is blocked.
  • Plan ahead for your pets. Who is responsible for them? Keep a list of pet-friendly hotels/ motels and animal shelters that are along your evacuation routes.

Click on the link provided to fill out family and individual contact cards:

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