Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan

Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan

Emergency Preparedness and Management Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan

Assignment Instructions:

The purpose of this assignment is for you to develop your Personal Emergency Preparedness Plan.  The following steps will guide you in developing and documenting your plan.  Steps 1-4 are items for you to consider addressing in your plan.  Steps 4-7 are the minimum requirements for this assignment / your plan.

1) Know Your Risks:

  • What risks are possible in the area where you live? Resource:  US Natural Hazards Index
  • What risks are possible in the area where your family lives? Resource:  US Natural Hazards Index
  • What measures should be taken to prepare for identified risks? Resources:  Disasters and Emergencies (DHS)

2) Identify the needed items in your Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Put together a list of basic disaster supplies that you will need during an emergency
  • Consider locations to store your kit for different situations
  • Identify someone in your community or family that you can assist in doing the same

3) Gather information necessary to create your plan by addressing the following:

  • How will you receive emergency alerts and warnings? (Resources)
  • What is your shelter plan? (Resources)
  • What is your evacuation route? Be sure to address your evacuation plan before, during, and after your evacuation.  (Resources)
  • What is your communication plan? (Resources) What happens when technology is not available?  (Resources)
  • Financial Preparedness (Resource)
    • What critical documents and valuables do you need to preserve?
    • Have you documented your valuable property to submit for loss?
    • Have you secured appropriate insurance for your valuables? „ Have you considered your emergency finances?

4) Identify the specific needs in your household and discuss the specific areas where you will need assistance.   Consider the following factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others (Resource)
  • Locations frequented (Resource)
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescription medications and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment (Resource)
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Readiness for College Students (Resource)
  • Pets or service animals – (Resource)
  • Households with school-aged children (Resource 1; Resource 2 – Sesame Street)

5) Create your individual / family plan.

Resources to assist you with this step can be found at

Your plan should contain at least the following sections:

  • Identification of Potential Hazards (10 points) o Family Considerations (50 points)
  • Disabilities (Children; College; Religious)
  • Pets
  • Disaster Supplies Checklist (10 points) o Dietary Needs (10 points) o Medical Needs (10 points)
  • Emergency Alerts and Warnings (10 points) o Location information (10 points) o Shelter Plan (10 points) o Evacuation Route (10 points) o Communication Plan (10 points)
  • Documents / Valuables / Property Information / Insurance / Finances (10 points)
  • Community Engagement (10 points)

6) Discuss plans to practice / access / communicate / revise your plan with your family or members of your household.  (30 points)

  • How will you practice your plan? How often?
  • How will you communicate your plan?
  • Will your plan be revised? How often?

7) Formatting and access of your plan.

  • Professional quality / presentation of information (50 points) „ Various acceptable formats:
  • o o o
  •  Google Sites
  • Shared repository for easy access
  • Dropbox o OneDrive o Box
  • Google Drive
  • A combination of the above and other formats
  • Ease of access (30 points)
  • APA formatted sources for guides, etc (in-text citations and reference lists) (20 points)

The requirement of APA resource lists and in-text citations is to ensure that you are able to update the plan at a later date.  Additionally, you should stay up-to-date with the applicable resources and publications.

  • Is there detailed information presented so that the plan is transferable? (10 points)

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