Personal Emergency Plan

Our Emergency and Volunteer services all have emergency plans in place. 
They know how to respond in an emergency but they won’t be able to help everyone at once.

Plan a family meeting

Talk about what could happen in this area.  Learn what your risks are and prepare for them.

What to do before a Storm

  • Stay tuned to forecasts and possible warnings
  • Gather items for your safety kits
  • Stock up on water, batteries, and non perishable food
  • Bring in or tie down loose outdoor objects
  • Prepare your house
  • Don’t forget about your pets (most shelters do not allow pets)
  • Check up on the elderly, or those who may need assistance

What to do if Evacuation is Necessary

  • Leave as soon as possible (if possible in daylight)
  • Avoid flooded roads and watch for washed out bridges.  Roads and bridges frequently become crowded and traffic moves slow.  Evacuation will probably take longer than expected.  Give yourself plenty of time.
  • Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the main water valve.  This will reduce potential damages to your appliances (from power surges) and to your home.
  • Tell someone outside of the storm area where you are going as relatives and friends will be concerned about your safety.  Letting someone know your travel plans will help to relieve their fear and anxiety.
  • If time permits and you live in an identified area prone to flooding, move furniture to a higher floor.  Moving valuable furnishings helps reduce potential damage.
  • Bring preassembled emergency supplies and warm protective clothing.  People frequently arrive at shelters with nothing.  Having these items will make you more comfortable in other locations.
  • While shelters provide a safe place to stay, specialty times for infants and individuals on restricted diets may not be available
  • It may take several days until permission is given by local authorities to re-enter an evacuated area.

Prepare an Emergency Kit

Fill a bag for easy carrying with the following items and enough to last for three days.  The entire family should know where this kit is kept.

  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Radio and batteries
  • Spare batteries
  • Battery operated lanterns (no candle or kerosene lanterns)  Fire Hazard
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Important identification
  • Food and bottled water
  • Clothing and footwear (1 change/ person)
  • Toilet Tissue and personal supplies
  • Medication
  • Backpack/duffel bag
  • Whistle/noisemaker to attract attention
  • Games and cards
  • First Aid Kit
  • Matches
  • Clock (wind-up or battery)
  • Plastic garbage bags
  • Working fire extinguisher
  • Scissors
  • Rain gear and rubber boots
  • Map of the area
  • List of phone numbers
  • Bug repellant

Emergency Car Kit

  • Shovel
  • Sand, salt, kitty litter
  • Traction mats
  • Tow chain
  • Compass
  • Cloth/ paper towels
  • Warning light/flare
  • Clothing/footwear
  • Emergency food pack
  • Axe/hatchet
  • Booster cables
  • Ice scraper/brush
  • Road maps
  • Matches and candle in a deep can
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Washer fluid/brake fluid/WD40
  • Flashlight/spare fuses
  • First aid kit/seatbelt cutter
  • Blanket
  • Jack and spare tire
  • Tool kit/tire gauge

Food and Water Kit

Food should be ready to eat and require no refrigeration

  • Water – 1 liter per person per pet per day
  • Canned foods such as soups, stews, beans pasta, meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and fruits
  • Crackers/biscuits
  • Honey, peanut butter, syrup, jam, salt and pepper, sugar, instant coffee and tea

Babies and Toddlers

  • Diapers
  • Bottled milk
  • Toys crayons and paper

Other Family Members

  • Medication
  • Extra eye glasses
  • Copies of prescriptions


  • Knives, forks and spoons
  • Disposable cups and plates
  • Can/bottle opener
  • Stove and fuel (do not use a barbeque)

Important Documents

Keep these records in a waterproof, portable container

  • Will, insurance policies, contracts and deeds
  • Birth/marriage/death and other certificates
  • Photos of family members for emergency separation
  • Stocks and bonds
  • Bank account numbers
  • Credit card accounts/numbers
  • Passport and social security cards
  • Immunization records
  • Inventory of valuables
  • Extra money
  • Important telephone numbers

After the Emergency

  • Watch for debris/damaged bridges, roads and wires
  • Wait for authorities for clearance to enter buildings or the disaster area
  • Use battery-powered lights to examine home for damage in case of wet appliances and blown fuses