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Ohio Emergency Management Agency

National Preparedness Month

Make an Emergency Plan



Make a Plan


Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it’s important to know how you’ll contact each other and reconnect, if separated.

Put together an emergency plan by discussing these questions with your family, friends or household:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? (www.ready.gov/alerts)
  2. What is my family/household communication plan? (www.ready.gov/make-a-plan)
  3. What is my shelter plan? (www.ready.gov/shelter)
  4. What is my evacuation route? (http://ready.ohio.gov/ReadyForEvacuation.stm)

Consider specific needs in your household. Taylor your plans and supplies to our specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs, like the operation of durable medical equipment. Keep some of these factors in mind when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs, including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs, including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children

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