Reducing Baltimore’s vulnerability to the impacts of natural hazards begins with its residents. Make sure that you and your family are prepared with your own emergency plan before a disaster hits. Knowing ahead of time what your role will be, where to meet loved ones, and how to contact each other, among additional considerations, will help you avoid any unnecessary pressures and ensure that you can instead focus your attention on staying safe.
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance. Below are some questions you might want to consider:
- How you will get to a safe place?
- How you will contact one another?
- How you will get back together?
- What you will do in different situations.
The Baltimore Office of Sustainability has made it simple for you to make a family emergency plan. Download Baltimore’s Family Emergency Plan (PDF) and fill out the sections before emailing it to your family and friends. Be sure to find out more about how you can make your own emergency plan by visiting Ready.gov’s Make a Plan webpage.
You should also inquire about emergency plans at places where you and your family spends time: work, daycare and school, faith organizations, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency. You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during an emergency if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance. Read more about school and workplace plans.
Have a plan for traveling between work and home, and other commonly visited locations, in case of an emergency. Download the Commuter Emergency Plan (PDF).
Check out these great resources:
- Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, MAKE A PLAN
- Simple steps to prepare Baltimore businesses
- Business Preparedness
- Property Preparedness
- Frugally Sustainable’s tips for preparedness on a budget
- Read more about Family Communication during an emergency.
- Family Communication Plan for Parents and Kids (PDF)