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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Emergency Planning

This guide provides resources on disasters and emergency preparedness.

Components of an Emergency Plan

There are many things to can do to prepare an emergency plan, below are just a few of the preparations to consider.

Communication Plan

  • Emergency Contacts/Emergency Support Network
  • Point of Contact Outside the City or State, if possible

Go Bag or Emergency Supply Kit

Evacuation Plan

  • Transportation
  • Shelter Locations

Meeting Place

  • In Case of Separation
  • Inside the City
  • Outside the City

Financial Information

  • Copies of Financial Documents
  • Contact Numbers for Your Financial Institutions

Pet Plan

  • Vaccine Records
  • Pet Friendly Evacuation Location
  • Pet Medication and Food

Building an Evacuation Kit

Are you Ready to Go? Be sure your Go Bag is stocked and ready!

Image by New York City Emergency Management


  • Bottled water

  • Nonperishable food

  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container 

  • Flashlight, hand-crank or battery-operated AM/FM radio, and extra batteries

  • Medication information

  • Contact information for your household and members of your support network

  • Cash, in small bills

  • Notepad and pen

  • Back-up medical equipment (e.g., glasses, batteries) and chargers

  • Aerosol tire repair kits and/or tire inflator to repair flat wheelchair or scooter tires

  • Doctors' names and phone numbers

  • First-aid kit

  • Toiletries

  • Child care, pet care, and other special items

  • Supplies for your service animal or pet (e.g., food, extra water, bowl, leash, cleaning items, vaccination records, and medications)

  • Portable cell phone chargers