Preparedness Tips for Families

  • Listen to radio/TV for current information and instructions.
  • Be alert to suspicious activity and report it to the proper authorities immediately.
  • Contact business and schools to determine status of work and school day.
  • Adhere to any travel restrictions announced by local governmental authorities.
  • Be prepared to shelter in place or evacuate if instructed to do so by local governmental authorities.
  • Discuss children's fears concerning possible/actual terrorist attacks.
  • Review disaster plan with all family members.
  • Ensure communication plan is understood and practiced by all family members.
  • Exercise caution when traveling.
  • If a need is announced, donate blood at designated blood collection center.
  • Ensure disaster supplies kit is stocked and ready.
  • Check telephone numbers and email addresses in your family emergency communication plan and update as necessary.
  • If not known to you, contact school to determine their emergency notification and evacuation plans for children.
  • Develop alternate routes to and from school and work and practice them.
  • Review stored disaster supplies and replace items that are outdated.
  • Establish an alternate meeting place away from home with family and friends.
  • Obtain a copy of Terrorism: Preparing for the Unexpected brochure from your local Red Cross chapter.

Develop a personal disaster plan and disaster supplies kit using Red Cross brochures, Your Family Disaster Plan and Your Family Disaster Supplies Kit.