Create an emergency communication plan: Chose an out-of-town contact your family will call or email to check on each other.
Establish a meeting place: Having a predetermined meeting place away from your home will save time and minimize confusion.
Check on school emergency plan for any school-aged children: You need to know if they will keep children at school until a parent or designated adults can pick them up. Be sure the school has updated information about how to reach parents and responsible caregivers.
Things to have on hand: Non-perishable food, extra batteries, battery operated radio, flashlights, bottled water, first aid kit, and handy bedding.
If Disaster Strikes:
Remain calm and be patient.
Follow the advice of local officials.
Listen to your radio or TV for news and instructions.
If the disaster occurs near you, check for injuries, give first aid, and get help for the seriously injured people.
If the disaster occurs near your home while you are there, check for damage using a flashlight. Do not light matches or turn on electrical switches. If you smell gas odors, open windows and get everyone out quickly.
Confine or secure pets.
Call your family contact -- do not use the phone again unless it is a life-threatening emergency.