Personal and Family Preparedness

The Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management does a lot of planning and practicing year round to ensure the County is ready to respond to a variety of emergency situations, but there is absolutely nothing that can take the place of personal readiness.

Being “ready” means being able to stay or go on a moment’s notice. A recent survey of county residents revealed that 40% have done nothing to prepare to shelter themselves in their homes for any length of time and 21% responded that they have done nothing to prepare for an evacuation.

Preparedness is as simple as . . .

  1. Have a Plan
  2. Be Ready to Stay
  3. Be Ready to Go
In the event of an emergency, where is your family? What is your evacuation plan? Where do you meet? How do you communicate?

Develop a Disaster Plan with your family to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency.

Items that should be a part of your Disaster Plan:
  • Account for everybody's needs, especially seniors, children, people with disabilities, and Non-English Speakers.
  • Decide where your family will reunite after a disaster. Identify two places to meet: one right outside your home and another outside your neighborhood, such as a library, community center, or place of worship.
  • Designate an out-of-state friend or relative that family members can call if separated during a disaster. This out-of-state contact can help you communicate with others.
  • Ensure family members have a copy of your emergency disaster plan and emergency contact information to keep in their wallets and backpacks.
  • Know and practice all possible exit routes from your home and your neighborhood.