Have a family meeting and discuss what types of emergencies that can happen. Discuss what to do as the emergency is happening and actions to take when the initial danger is over.
Have a Place to Meet After the Emergency
Have a designated location near your home if you home is not safe.
Have a designated location outside of the neighborhood in case your neighborhood is located in a danger zone.
Have an out of area contact person to call that would likely not be
affected by the emergency. If family members cannot reach each other
they should call the out of area contact who can help relay messages and
help everyone reconnect.
Reference the following Illinois Terrorism Task Force for examples on a communication plan.
During an emergency is it important to have an Emergency Supply Kit that
contains basic survival items that are necessary during an emergency.
There should be a kit for home and one for if you have to evacuate your
home (A Go Kit).
These kits should include enough supplies including food, water, and
medicine. Follow the link to the Illinois Terrorism Task Force on
developing a Disaster Kit.
If you need to leave your home quickly having a prepared Go Bag ensures
you and your entire family will have the necessary supplies whatever
Important Guidelines for Developing a Go Bag
Every family member should have their own Go Bag.
The Go Bag should be easy to carry.
Go Bags should be stores in an easy place to grab it and go.
Go Bags should be prepared for anytime of the year and weather season.
Go Bags should be check and updates twice a year.
Battery operated AM/FM radio
Cash in smaller bills, Coins for pay phones, Credit Cards / Debit Cards
Comfortable /Sturdy Shoes
Copy of family communications plan
Extra hearing aid batteries
Extra house /car keys
Extra pair of glasses or Contacts
Flashlight & Batteries
Hat / Gloves
List of Doctors & Phone Numbers
Manual Can opener
Paper, pens, tape, dust mask
Plastic garbage bags
Prescriptions for 1 week / copies of prescriptions
Small first aid kit
Soap/tooth brush/ feminine hygiene products
Have copies of important documents in a waterproof container (IDs, insurance information, proof of address, passports, etc.). We also recommend having a recent family photo for identification purposes - make sure everyone's face can be seen clearly.
Call 630-256-4636 for all weather-related inquiries.