Emergency Planning at Home

Emergency planning at home is an important exercise for all families, roommates and neighbors. Common emergency plans for the home include:

  • Knowing evacuation routes from your home to a meeting place.
  • Deciding on a meeting place for your family to go to if an emergency occurs while you are away from home.
  • Keeping an inventory of key emergency supplies which may include:
    • first aid kit
    • flashlights
    • extra batteries
    • battery-powered radio
    • 3-day supply of bottled water
    • 3-day supply of non-perishable food
    • moist towelettes
    • list of prescription medications

These sites have more information on emergency planning at home:

Recommended Emergency Supplies - Checklist of emergency supplies for your home/apartment.

Are you ready? - Federal Emergency Management Agency's guide to citizen preparedness brings together facts on disaster survival techniques, disaster-specific information, and how to prepare for and respond to both natural and man-made disasters.

Your Family Disaster Plan - American Red Cross family disaster planning information.

The Emergency Food Pyramid and Disaster Menu Planning Guide contain home planning information for eating during emergencies.

Contact Information

Environmental Health and Safety 402 E. 67th Street,
Room LA-0020
New York, NY 10065 Phone: (646) 962-7233 Fax: (646) 962-0288