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Emergency Preparedness and Response

National Preparedness Month 

Week Four & Five: Know How to Practice for an Emergency NPM Logo

Emergencies can strike quickly and without warning.  You and/or your family may not be at home when an emergency happens. You can ensure your own safety and the safety of your family and pets by preparing in advance for emergencies and disasters.

Now that you have your communication and evacuation plans developed, put together an emergency kit, and planned for specific needs, it’s time to practice.  It may take longer than you think to evacuate from your home.  Like learning to play the piano, the more you do it, the easier it gets and the better you are at it.  Preparing to evacuate in the event of an emergency is very similar.  Public Health Preparedness and Response recommends: 

  • Practice putting everything in your car, including your pets.
  • Train any large animals you have to get into a trailer and practice this often.
  • Practice meeting at your reunification location.
  • Practice your communication plans, remember to practice without your cell phone.
  • Practice your evacuation plans in various conditions.
  • Get your whole family and neighbors involved and introduce your pets and children to people that may be assisting you during an evacuation.

Get Involved!

Find out how to get involved in preparedness activities by going to our “Get Involved” page. 

For more information on emergency preparedness, visit the “Be Prepared” section of our website.  You can also visit FEMA’s Ready campaign website –