Make a Plan

Planning before a disaster is a key part of being prepared

Come up with a plan that encompasses everything from a fire in your kitchen to a large bay area earthquake.
Go to www.californiavolunteers.org family plan page to download the forms and fill out a disaster plan. Make sure your plan includes these key elements:

  • Identify an out-of-town contact
  • Identify a place to reunite if you and members of your family are separated
  • Learn the policies of schools and day care centers your children attend regarding their release after an emergency
      • Identify someone to pick up your children if you are unable to do so
  • Consider the needs of infants, seniors, persons with disabilities.
  • Develop and provide each member of your family with an emergency evacuation plan that includes a floor plan and at least two ways out of each room
  • Include plans for seniors, infants and those with disabilities
  • Include plans for your pets and large animals since they are NOT allowed in Red Cross shelters (though the Palo Alto Animal Services Provides Shelter for animals brought to the Palo Alto Red Cross Shelter)
  • Develop a family phone tree or other mechanism family members can use to contact one another if they are separated
  • Identify at least two evacuation routes and provide them to responsible family members
  • Identify important documents to take with you if you have to leave
      • Insurance policies
      • Medical records
      • Driver’s license
      • Mortgage information
  • Find the shutoff valves for gas, water and electricity.
      • Teach responsible family members how to shut off all utilities.
      • Contact your utility company if you have any questions.
  • Secure water heaters, major appliances, tall heavy pieces of furniture, hanging plants, mirrors and picture frames to the wall studs.
  • Store breakables, heavy objects, flammable or hazardous liquids, including paints, pest sprays and cleaning products, in secured cabinets or lower shelves.
  • Organize your neighborhood to be self-sufficient after an earthquake.
  • Conduct practice drills every six months 

For more Information go check out the Palo Alto Neighborhoods website; Click Here.

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Individuals With Disabilities and Others With Access and Functional Needs

How to Make a Plan & Create a Support Network

How might a disaster affect me? What are my personal needs during a disaster? By evaluating your own individual needs and making an emergency plan that fits those needs, you and your loved ones can be better prepared.

Visit the Ready.gov page to get more information for those with disabilities, access and functional needs and be sure to watch this short video!

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2016