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Your Family Emergency Plan

Your family can work together to develop a family emergency plan before an emergency occurs. Sit down together and figure out:

  • How you will get in touch with each other
  • A safe place to meet, both within and outside of your neighborhood

To assist you in your planning, please utilize our Disaster Preparedness for Families of Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs or the American Academy of Pediatrics Family Readiness Kit.  These toolkits will guide your family through the process of creating a plan, building a kit, and identifying unique needs your family may have. Practice your plan regularly, and ask your school, daycare provider, and workplace to share their site-specific emergency plan!

For mothers: make an emergency birth plan

Prepare for Birth Emergencies:
  • Take a childbirth class to learn about labor, delivery, and after birth care;
  • Prepare a birth emergency kit that includes clean towels, sheets, latex or vinyl gloves, sanitary pads, and diapers;
  • Learn the signs of early labor. Talk with your healthcare provider so you feel confident identifying these signs; and
  • Learn infant CPR (first aid).

More emergency preparedness information for moms and babies is available in Staying Safe: Disaster preparedness for pregnant women and families with infants.