Your plan should include, at minimum:
Instructions for children:
Kids need instructions about what to do if an emergency occurs while they are in school or otherwise separated from parents. Give children who are old enough a friend or relative's number to call if they are unable to reach parents by phone.
Pick two family meeting places – one near your home and one outside the neighborhood – and make sure all family members know where they are.
Plans for pets:
Pets have become a pressing issue for emergency planners because recent experience shows that many people will put themselves in danger rather than leave their pets behind.
If you feel strongly about your pets, you must prepare in advance what to do with them in case of emergency! Now is the time to explore whether you could leave your pets with a friend or sheltering; or whether certain local motels or hotels would accept pets. Ensure that you have a carrying case for your pet and that it is up to date on all of its immunizations.
Know what kind of disasters you are insured against and what your coverage includes. If you live in areas prone to a certain kind of disaster, check with your insurance agent to make sure you have adequate coverage for that specific event. For example, regular insurance does not cover floods; you must purchase flood insurance for coverage of flood-related damages. If you are a renter, purchase renter's insurance to protect yourself against loss of your possessions.
Protect your records:
Important family documents belong in a watertight bin, easily portable and protected against the elements.
Familiarize yourself with site-specific plans for schools, daycare providers, workplaces and other establishments that involve your family.
What Do I Need to Know About Hazards in Baltimore?
See our Hazards page for information on hazards that could affect your household.