Emergency Plan

Brought to you by Fred Burgess

Disasters can occur at any time turning our worlds upside down. From small to large scale disasters and emergency’s it is IMPORTANT to create a current emergency plan for you and your loved ones.

Step One

Put together a plan by discussing;

  1. How you will receive Emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family and household communication plans?

Step 2

Consider specific needs within your house hold.

  1. Different ages of members within your household
    1. Responsibilities of each individual
    2. School aged children
    3. Elderly
  2. Dietary needs
  3. Pets or service animals and their needs.
  4. Medical needs
    1. Medicines/prescriptions and equipment
    2. Access to devices and equipment

Step 3

Fill out a family emergency plan. Listed below are a few links where you can find printable forms from not only family emergency plans but plans for kids, pets, property, communication plans, and MUCH more!

  1. American Red Cross (redcross.org)
  2. FEMA (FEMA.gov)
  3. gov

Step 4

Practice your plan. Make sure that everyone in the household knows what to do in case of a disaster. Being prepared will make it less stressful when the time comes.

Step 5

Create your own Disaster supply kit.

A basic kit should include the following:

  1. Water – one gallon of water per person per day for AT LEAST 3 days for both drinking and sanitation needs
  2. Food – AT LEAST a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  3. Manual can opener
  4. Battery powered or hand crank radio
  5. Flashlights
  6. First Aid kit
  7. Extra batteries
  8. Portable power bank(s) (Cell phone and other electronic charger)
  9. Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  10. Small tool kit
  11. Local maps

Additional Emergency kit supplies based on individual needs:

  1. Prescription medications
  2. Non-prescription medications (pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives)
  3. Glasses or contact lens solution
  4. Infant supplies (Diapers, formula, wipes, rash cream, etc.)
  5. Pet food
  6. Cash
  7. Important family documents saved electronically or in a waterproof portable container
    1. Insurance policies
    2. Identification cards
    3. Bank account records
  8. Sleeping bag or blanket for each person
  9. Complete change of clothing appropriate to situation
  10. Appropriate shoes
  11. Household bleach and a medicine dropper (to disinfect water)
  12. Fire extinguisher
  13. Matches in a waterproof container
  14. Feminine supply’s
  15. Personal hygiene items
  16. Mess kits (Paper plates, cups, towels, utensils)
  17. Paper and pencil
  18. Books, games and other activities for children

Step 6

Just as important as it is to have a plan and a kit, you must have your kit available where you might need it, and you must MAINTAIN it.

Maintaining your kit includes:

  1. Keep in a cool, dry place
  2. Store in a sealed container
  3. Replace expired items
  4. Rethink your needs every year and update your kits as necessary

Kit storage locations

  1. Home – ensure that all household members knows where the kit is located
  2. Work- similar to a “Grab and go” bag. It should be built for a 24 hour stay.
  3. Vehicle – in case you get stranded, keep an emergency kit in your car.

Websites such as Ready.gov, Redcross.org, and FEMA.gov are only a few examples of useful sites to help you create a plan with printable PDF’s, links for assistance, as well as links on how you too can help those in need.


Fred Burgess is a financial consultant located at Regent Financial Services,18 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, ME 04011. He offers securities as a Registered Representative of Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC. He can be reached at 207-725-6929 or at Fburgess@regentone.com.

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