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When a disaster strikes, your first thoughts are: Where is my family? Is everybody OK? How do we get to safety? Disasters can happen suddenly, and your family may not be all together. That's why you need to make a plan ahead of time.

Sit down with your whole family and think through different emergency situations:

Making your Emergency Plan

Use the Emergency Plan Form to create your plan. Record information such as:


Keep in mind that planning for some family members may require additional considerations. See more about that in the blue box to the right.


Once your plan is complete, print it out and keep it in a safe place. And don't forget to practice your plan.


Do you or anyone you know need some assistance during an emergency event? Register on the State of Texas Emergency Assistance Registry (STEAR). The STEAR is a free registry that provides local emergency planners and emergency responders with additional information on the needs in their community. For more information or to register visit https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/stear/public.htm