Citizen Preparedness Guide

Do you know what to do before, during, and after an emergency to protect your family?

Please take a few moments to review the information on these pages so that you’re ready for the next emergency.

Prepare Your Household

Prepare Your Children:  It is recommended that you give your children the telephone number of a family member or friend if they are unable to reach you in an emergency.

Prepare for Your Pets:  Find out in advance (in case of an emergency) if you can leave your pets with a friend, at a local shelter, or whether certain local hotels will accept pets.

*Keep a carrying case and any needed supplies handy. Ensure that your pet remains up to date on all of its immunizations.

Insurance:  Be knowledgeable of the kind of disasters that you are insured against and what it includes. If you live in an area that is prone to certain disasters, take steps to protect your valuables, records and heirlooms.

Site- Specific Plans:  (also known as Reunification Plans) Make yourself (and others that are responsible for picking up your child from school and/or daycare) aware of the facility's policy on getting your child to you during an emergency.

*Keep phone numbers updated with the school or daycare.
The Three Essentials:  Every household in the Baltimore region should have supplies to last for 72 hours after a disaster. If you have these three essential supplies you will be able to  effectively  manage the most common crises affecting our region – weather-related power and water outages.

Buy these three essentials first:

  • A battery-powered radio with extra batteries. If the power goes out, a battery-powered radio is the only way to receive information.
  • Flashlights or battery-powered lanterns with extra batteries. These essentials are good to have during relatively brief power outages. (Don't use candles! They pose a serious fire risk.)
  • Water to last three days. That’s at least one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation. Mark the date on the container, and replace it every six months.

Your safety is our priority!

View the safety messages below from FEMA:

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