A guide and checklist for emergency preparation at home and in your community

from Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging Eldercare Development Partnership Program Developer Coordinator and Transportation Specialist Gavin Bukovich

What is an emergency preparedness checklist?

After an emergency, you and your family may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water, and other supplies to last for 3-5 days. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

While the following checklist includes the basics for an emergency preparedness checklist and plan, it is by no means exhaustive. Please contact local and regional officials to create a more customized plan for you and your family based on:

  • Individual medical needs
  • Geographically specific natural disasters
  • Availability of emergency response services in the area
  • Any other important information

Preparedness Tips for Service Animals/ Pet Owners

Ensure ID tags and licenses are current and attached to your pet.
• Have an alternative care plan in place for your pet. Unlike service animals, family pets may not be allowed in emergency shelters.
• Be prepared to function without the assistance of your service animal in the case of separation.
• Don’t forget extra water and food!

For more information on emergency preparedness and disaster resiliency, please contact your local officials or visit the Ready, Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) websites.