If a wildfire/flood/giant radioactive lizard threatened your home, would you be ready to deal with it? The Red Cross has some tips...

How to make a plan – this can all be found for free at : www.utahredcross.org

Planning ahead will help you have the best possible response to disaster.

Talk. Discuss with your family the disasters that can happen where you live, e.g. Fire, Severe Weather, Flooding and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Establish responsibilities for each member of your household and plan to work together as a team. Designate alternates in case someone is absent. If a family member is in the military, also plan for how you would respond if they are deployed. Include the local military base resources that may be available.


1. Choose two places to meet after a disaster:

o Safely outside your home, in case of a sudden emergency, such as a fire.

o Outside your neighborhood, in case you cannot return home or are asked to evacuate your neighborhood.

2. Ask an out-of-state person to be your family contact. Download the Family Communications Plan and Card

o Make sure every family member has a copy.

o After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance. All family members should call this person and tell them where they are.

3. Have your pet carriers ready to go. Supply with food, water, and medications.

4. Conduct regular fire and emergency evacuations.

5. Review the plan every six months.

6. Replace stored water and stored food every six months.

7. Test and recharge your fire extinguisher(s) according to manufacturer's instructions.

8. Test your smoke detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year.

9. If you have to leave, know the best exit routes from your neighborhood.

Learn. Each adult in your household should learn how and when to turn off utilities such as electricity, water and gas. Ask your local fire department to show you how to use a fire extinguisher.

Tell everyone in the household where emergency information and supplies are kept. Make copies of the information for everyone to carry with them. Keep the information updated.

Practice evacuating your home twice a year. Drive your planned evacuation route and plot alternate routes on a map in case main roads are impassable or gridlocked.

Include your pets. If you must evacuate, take your animals with you. If it is not safe for you to remain, it is not safe for them.

Support your community. Support your community plans by volunteering in the community and by giving blood. Red Cross volunteers help people in emergencies. They interpret for non-English speakers so that everyone can receive Red Cross services, teach first aid classes and organize blood drives. They connect members of the armed forces stationed overseas with their families during emergency family events, as well as help families prepare in advance for emergencies while service members are away. Contact your local Red Cross chapter and ask how you can help.

Give blood. Blood is needed in times of emergency, but the ongoing need is also great.

Your blood donation means so much to the individuals who need it, and you can help make a lifesaving difference by giving blood. To donate, call 1-800-GIVE LIFE (1-800-448-3543) or visit www.givebloodgivelife.org and make an appointment to donate blood today.

Make a Plan Checklist Print this checklist
Do you have a plan ready in the event of a disaster or emergency? Review the list below and check off what you have already done to build a plan. Then, print the list off and post on your refrigerator or a visible place so you can continue checking off items as you complete them. This will also help your loved ones see that you and your family have a plan!

Have you designated an emergency contact person?

Have you picked two family meeting places?

Does everyone in your family have a contact card in his or her wallet?

Have you created a floor plan of your house and planned your escape routes?

Do you all know how to evacuate from your home or neighborhood?

Do you have batteries in your smoke alarms?

Do you have Go Kits for every family member?

Do you have a family emergency kit or at least a shopping list for one?

Do you have a Car Emergency Kit?

Do you know your child's school emergency plan?