Understand Why You Need a Personal Emergency Plan:

An emergency can occur at any time. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to plan in advance: how you will contact one another; how you will get back together; and what you will do in different situations? Your plan should include ways of getting in touch with other family members in case you are not together when an emergency happens. 

Step One: Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.
  • How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? 
    • MSUAlert 
    • Wichita Falls Code RED 
    • Outdoor warning siren
    • NWS/EAS Alert
    • MSUSafety App
    • TV/Radio broadcasts
    • Social Media Page
  • What is my shelter plan?
  • What is my evacuation route? 
    • Out of Building.
    • Off-Campus.
    • Out of town.
  • What is my family/household communication plan? 
  • Do I need to update my emergency preparedness kit?
  •  Check with the CDC and update my emergency plans due to COVID-19.
Step Two: Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like operating medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance. Keep in mind some of these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household
  • Responsibilities for assisting others
  • Locations frequented
  • Dietary needs
  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  • Languages spoken
  • Cultural and religious considerations
  • Pets or service animals
  • Households with school-aged children
Step Three: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use it as a guide to create your own.

Step Four: Practice your plan with your family/household

A plan is as effective as your practicing the plan.

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