Emergency Planning Tips courtesy of US Dept of Homeland Security & FEMA Emergency Resources
Follow the helpful links below to create a customized emergency plan for your home, school or workplace!
Emergency information, survival checklists, and interactive family emergency planning tips provided by FEMA and the US Federal emergency preparedness website Ready.gov
Emergency Planning Tips for Your Home:
- Get an emergency supplies kit. (Many great ready-made kits from Sunset Survival are listed and linked at the end of this article.) Be sure to consider additional items to accommodate family members’ individual needs:
- Prescription medications and glasses
- Infant formula and diapers
- Pet food, drinking water for your pet, leash and collar
- Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container
- Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
- Make sure your family has a plan in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, sit down together and decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go and what you will do in an emergency.
- Determine a neighborhood meeting place, a regional meeting place and an evacuation location.
- Identify an out-of-town emergency contact. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of-town contact is important to help communicate among separated family members. Be sure every member of your family knows the out-of-town phone number and has coins or a prepaid phone card to call the emergency contact. You may have trouble getting through, or the telephone system may be down altogether, but be patient.
- You may also want to inquire about emergency plans at places where your family spends time, such as their place of employment. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one.
- Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance.
Emergency Planning Tips for Your Workplace:
- Take a critical look at your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to determine if it is secure or if it could feasibly be upgraded to better filter potential contaminants, and be sure you know how to turn off the system if you need to.
- Think about what steps you will take if your employees can’t go home and need to shelter in place.
Sunset Survival features a wide range of emergency kits and supplies, to fit every budget:
Check out our popular Deluxe Emergency Backpack Kit – this kit is available for 1-4 people!
Smaller kits are available for car, office or home, such as:
We offer a wide selection of Classroom Lockdown Kits and School Safety Supplies:
In addition to the ready-made kits shown on Sunset Survival’s website, we are happy to work with you to create a customized kit to meet your school or agency’s specifications! We specialize in designing custom emergency kits; this can include choosing specific kit contents as well as custom printed logo, label, mascot, etc. Contact us for details.
We also feature many larger, multi-person kits for offices, businesses, government agencies, search & rescue, or other organizations: