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Be Ready in 2011: Make a Plan

Posted By: Rachel Racusen, Director, Public Affairs

We make plans for almost anything.  In a typical day, you might plan for how you’ll make your morning commute, what you will have for lunch, how you will accomplish projects at work, and what meal you will have upon returning home. 

As the New Year approaches, we’re encouraging Americans to take three simple steps to get prepared before a disaster strikes: get a kit, make a plan, and be informed.  Planning for a potential emergency can ease the stress of an emergency situation, and can ultimately save your life, or the life of someone you love.

We hope you will take this opportunity to Resolve to be Ready in 2011 and create your emergency plan today.  Here are a few tips from, FEMA’s preparedness website, to get you started:

  • Write down your family’s plan, and store it in a safe place (preferably with your emergency kit).
  • Decide on a safe meeting place in your home, in your community, and in a nearby town.  In case your home or community is damaged, family members will know where to go.
  • Review (and practice!) your family emergency plan at least two times per year.
  • Decide how family members will communicate after a disaster. Text messaging often works despite phone network disruptions, so teach family members how to use text messaging.  
  • Subscribe to alert services in your area. Many communities now have systems that will send instant text alerts or e-mails to let you know about bad weather, road closings, local emergencies, etc. Sign up by visiting your local Office of Emergency Management web site.

What creative ways does your family, or workplace, practice its emergency plan?  Leave a comment and start the discussion.

Last Updated: 
02/26/2013 - 13:43


I think a personal emergency mitigation plan is essential in not only protecting your own life, but of your loved ones as well. Having a emergency kit is step number one, having a plan is step two. I think its also important to share these kits and plans with other family memebers and friends so they are also prepared for the unknown hazards that present themselves on a daily basis. You should change your kit/plan according to the season, and always read up on the information that FEMA and even on your own local level OEM offices have to offer( Although I will be honest most local plans are a joke ) Stick with to get you started, then use FEMA'S readiness guide to help you gain the knowledge for any and all kinds of hazards that are out their. Stay safe and always be ready!

I'm not agree if having a plan is step two because having an emergency kit is also a plan, with a plan we can prepare everything. In fact, you can prepare evacuation bag with some important stuff inside of it like: basic first aid kid, coat, snack, map, important document, list of important phone number, backup of important computer files, a deck of card (for entertainment), flashlight, dry cloth include underwear, etc

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