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Make a Plan

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Make a Plan to Prepare, Together

How often is your entire family all in one place at one time?

The likelihood becomes even less probable in the chance of a disaster. Odds are your children will be at school, your pet will be at home, and you will be at work. If a disaster occurred, how would you contact one another, get back together, and handle the disaster in your individual locations?


You have a responsibility to protect yourself, and your family, by knowing what to do before, during, and after an event.


Making a plan includes:

  • Developing an “In Case of Emergency” (ICE) contact list

  • Identifying an emergency meeting place nearby

  • Signing up for emergency notifications through AlertOC

  • Developing an evacuation plan with multiple routes

  • Preparing and regularly freshening your “go” bag and “stay” box of emergency items

  • Finding a shelter - if a friend is not available, dial 2-1-1

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Make a Plan That Fits You!

ReadyOC offers a variety of different resources, information, and tips based on your specific needs. Create a plan for any of the following:

Put Your Plan into Action

To better prepare for a man-made or natural disaster, create a plan for before, during, and after an emergency that will be ready to put into action during a moment’s notice.

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Before an Emergency:

  • Know the risks and danger signs of potential emergencies.

  • Purchase insurance, including earthquake and/or flood insurance (not part of your homeowner’s policy).

  • Develop plans for what you and your family should do in case of emergency.

  • Assemble an emergency kit with supplies for every member of your household, including pets.

  • Volunteer to help others in your community as you are able.


During an Emergency:

  • Put your emergency plan into action.

  • Help others as you are able.

  • Follow the advice and guidance of officials in charge of the event.


After an Emergency:

  • Repair damaged property.

  • File insurance claims if necessary.

  • Take steps to prevent or reduce future loss.

  • Reassess your emergency plan and make appropriate changes.

I should evacuate when…

  • My city does not have electrical power for a prolonged period.

  • The flood waters are rising.

  • A chemical emergency is affecting my city.

  • My home has been seriously damaged.

  • Emergency personnel have instructed me to evacuate.

  • News bulletins are instructing citizens to evacuate.

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