Family Emergencies

Emergencies can range from inconvenient to devastating, but you can take a few simple steps to prepare in order to minimize their impact on you and your family. 

Get an Emergency Supply Kit – When preparing for a possible emergency situation, it's best to think first about the basics of survival: fresh water, food, clean air and warmth.

Make a Family Emergency Plan – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance what you will do in certain situations. 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.

Be Informed about Different Types of Emergencies – Some of the things you can do to prepare for the unexpected, such as making an emergency supply kit and developing a family communications plan, are helpful in a number of emergencies, natural or man-made. 

The following are types of emergencies that your family should consider preparing for, depending on the location of your home:

  • Biological Threat
  • Blackouts
  • Chemical Threat
  • Earthquakes
  • Explosions
  • Extreme Heat
  • Fires
  • Influenza Pandemic
  • Floods
  • Hurricanes
  • Mudslide
  • Nuclear Threat
  • Radiation Threat
  • Thunderstorm
  • Tornadoes
  • Tsunami
  • Volcanoes
  • Wildfires
  • Winter Storms

 

Child Care Emergency Plan

As a parent, the safety and well being of your children is your primary concern. It takes a great deal of trust to leave your children in child care, and when disasters occur, this trust takes on a new dimension. Knowing what emergency practices your child care program implements during emergencies will benefit your child and your family and is an important step in ensuring your child’s safety in child care. Ask your child care program: 

  • What happens during emergencies?
  • How do you keep children safe during an emergency?
  • Do you practice monthly emergency drills?
  • Where is your emergency location? 

Always make sure your child care program has updated contact information, and include contact information for a relative out of state, if available, or someone who doesn’t live in your household.

There are important differences among potential emergencies that will impact the decisions you make and the actions you take. Learn more about the different types of emergencies that could happen where you live and the appropriate way to respond to them by visiting Homeland Security online.