Divert Disaster With a Family Emergency Plan

Being well-prepared can make a big difference when disaster strikes. Discuss the measures you’ll need to take in different kinds of emergencies with all members of your household, and then write it all down with actionable steps

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Assess your home and determine the most appropriate location to shelter in place.
  • Think about alternative routes or forms of transportation in case you aren’t able to reach home the usual way.
  • If you have young children, be aware of school emergency procedures and disaster plans.
  • If possible, choose an out-of-state friend or family member to act as an emergency contact. Program their phone numbers into all family cell phones under “ICE”, which stands for “in case of emergency” – something rescue workers know to check.
  • If you live in an area that’s prone to flooding, map out alternative evacuation routes from your home and neighborhood.
  • Assemble a kit of water, food and other emergency supplies.
  • Review the written plan with your family every six months. Store in a paper file and on household members’ computers and smartphones.

Don’t forget to check your insurance policy to make sure you’re covered for the types of disasters likely to strike your area. Stop by your local AAA store, call 800.222.6446 or visit AAA.com to find an agent who can help.