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Make a Plan

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.

Use the below links from the Illinois Terrorism Task Force for examples on a communication plan.

Family Communications Plan (English Version)

Family Communications Plan (Spanish Version)

Have an Emergency Supply Kit

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.

Disaster Kit (English version)

Disaster Kit (Spanish version)

Have a Go Bag:

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 situation arises.

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.

What items should I have in my Go Bag?

Bottled water

Non-Perishable food

Manual Can opener

Flashlight & Batteries

Battery operated AM/FM radio

Pocket knife


Extra house /car keys



Hat / Gloves

Comfortable /Sturdy Shoes

Warms clothes

Prescriptions for one week / copies of prescriptions

List of Doctors & Phone Numbers

Small first aid kit

Extra pair of glasses or  Contacts

Extra hearing aid batteries

Toilet Paper

Soap/tooth brush/ feminine hygiene products

Plastic garbage bags

Copy of family communications plan

Regional Map

Paper, pens, tape, dust mask

Cash in smaller bills, Coins for pay phones, Credit Cards / Debit Cards

In addition:

  • Copies of important documents in a waterproof container (IDs, insurance information, proof of address, passports, etc.)
  • Recent family photo for identification purposes - make sure everyone's face can be seen clearly.
  • Items for members of your family, especially children, seniors or people with functional needs, and pets.