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Considerations for your Disaster Plan

You must adapt every plan to your individual needs. There is no “one plan fits all.”

FEMA suggests that you work with others to assist each other in an emergency. DisasterGuy.com suggests that as much as possible:

  1. You are responsible for yourself.
  2. No one else has to take responsibility for you.
  3. “The Government” will not take care of you.
  4. Assume in an emergency you’re on your own.

That doesn’t mean you can’t help others or have others help you. It just means that, in an emergency, the only person you can count on is yourself. This is a minority opinion – from a minority of one.

Now, look at your family’s disaster plans. Consider:

  1. Who your family members are: age, gender, abilities, special needs
  2. Where family members are likely to be during an emergency
  3. How family members could communicate if separated
  4. What transportation would be available, when, and for how long
  5. Dietary and medical needs; prescriptions, wheelchairs, etc.
  6. Special needs of disabled, ill, or elderly
  7. Responsibilities for assisting others (health care, teachers, etc.)
  8. Inability to speak or read English
  9. Pets

Adding all the considerations into your family plan must be a family effort.

The fun will come when you test the plan… like a fire drill in school. That’s when you will discover some of the strengths and weaknesses of your plan.

Then you revise the plan, and later, test it again.

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