Practicing and Maintaining an Emergency Plan
Once you have developed your plan, you need to practice and maintain it.
For example, ask questions to make sure your family remembers meeting
places, phone numbers, and safety rules. Conduct drills such as drop, cover,
and hold on for earthquakes. Test fire alarms. Replace and update disaster
For More Information
If you require more information about any of these topics, the following
are resources that may be helpful.
Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book. FEMA-243. Coloring book for ages
3-10. Also available in Spanish. Before Disaster Strikes. FEMA A-291.
Contains information about how to make sure you are financially prepared to
deal with a natural disaster. Also available in Spanish. The Adventures of
Julia and Robbie: Disaster Twins. FEMA-344. A collection of disaster related
stories. Includes information on preparedness and how to mitigate against
disasters. FEMA for Kids. L-229. Provides information about what FEMA
(specifically fema.gov) has to offer children. Community Shelter. FEMA 361.
Contains guidelines for constructing mass shelters for public refuge in
schools, hospitals, and other places. Food and Water in an Emergency. L-210
If an earthquake, hurricane, winter storm, or other disaster strikes your
community, you might not have access to food, water, and electricity for
days, or even weeks. By taking some time now to store emergency food and
water supplies, you can provide for your entire family. Also available
online at www.fema.gov/pdf/library/fweb.pdf. Helping Children Cope with
Disaster. FEMA L-196. Helps families understand how to help children cope
with disaster and its aftermath. Assisting People with Disabilities in a
Disaster. Information about helping people with disabilities in a disaster
and resources for individuals with disabilities. Available online at
American Red Cross Publications
Facing Fear: Helping Young People Deal with Terrorism and Tragic
Events. A school curriculum designed to help alleviate worries and clear up
confusion about perceived and actual threats to safety. Available online at
www.redcross.org/disaster/masters/ facingfear, or contact your local Red