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. We encourage individuals and families to be prepared in the event of a disaster. That means having a go bag, an emergency kit and a family emergency plan.  Información en español

  1. Be Informed
  2. Have a Plan
  3. Be Ready to Stay
  4. Be Ready to Go

Do you know what hazards affect Maricopa County the most? Where would you go for information? Awareness is an important ingredient to preparedness. The more you know about hazards in your community, the better you can prepare for any and all possibilities.

  • Download the Ready Maricopa mobile app. Create your plan. Get a shopping list for your kit. Get news and emergency information.
  • Find about about emergency plans where you work and at school. If there is not a plan in place, offer to help create one.
  • Know your risk. The top three hazards in Maricopa County are Flooding, Wildfires, and Heat Emergencies.
  • Sign up to receive emergency notifications via your cell phone.
  • Talk to your neighbors about how you can work together in an emergency. If you have neighbors who might need special assistance, help them make a plan.
  • Turn to your local media for information and instructions. The Emergency Broadcast System (EAS) relays messages through TV and radio.
    • It is important that you can access this messaging even if the power is out. Include things like battery powered radios (with extra batteries), or solar chargers for you cell phones in your emergency kit.
    • Emergencies can be unpredictable, that is why it is so important to listen to and follow all instructions given by local authorities who are monitoring the situation.
  • You can get more preparedness information from our social media sites: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.We are also signed up as an agency on Nextdoor.