Disaster Planning

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Did You Know...

    Are you ready?
  • Only 57% of people report that they have readiness items set aside in their homes for use in a disaster
  • Just 34% of people have readiness supplies in their cars
  • Less than half of households have an emergency plan and yet...
  • 42% of individuals report they would need help during a disaster

Emergencies can happen anytime, anyplace. Are you prepared to meet an emergency in your home? At your workplace? In the community? The Homewood Fire Department encourages all residents to have a plan, make a kit and be informed.

Have A Plan

  • Work with your family and neighbors to make an emergency plan for the types of disasters that might affect Homewood. Make sure everyone in the family knows where to go and what to do in case of emergency.
  • Update your contact information. Be sure your family has up-to-date emergency contact information for friends and family they may need to contact during an emergency. Be sure to include the telephone number for a friend or relative who lives a distance away who will serve as a check in point for your family during an emergency. 
  • Meet with neighborhood seniors, persons with disabilities and those who may need additional assistance in an emergency. Ask about their needs, how you can help, and how they might be involved with helping others. Include their information in your neighborhood plan.
  • Include your pets in your emergency plan. Be sure that your pets have a collar and current pet license and ID tag. Check with your vet about emergency boarding procedures.
  • Plan and practice escape planning. You and your family should know two ways out of every room in your home. If windows are part of your escape plan, check to be sure they are in good working order. The same advice is true for your workplace; plan and practice two ways out in the event of an emergency.
  • If you are a business owner, be sure to back up your records daily and store them in a remote location. Subscribe to a service that will provide you with daily backups of your business information.

Make A Kit

  • Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days
  • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Mess kits, paper cups, plates, plastic utensils and paper towels
  • Battery operated or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle to signal for help
  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air. Plastic sheeting and duct tape to create emergency shelter
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities
  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food)
  • Local maps
  • Prescription medication and extra set of glasses
  • Pet food and extra water for your pet
  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records, copies of medical insurance cards for family members, current credit card numbers with verification information. Store these documents in a waterproof bag or container.
  • Cash or traveler's checks and change
  • Emergency reference materials such as a first aid book
  • Complete change of clothes for each family member - check the sizes once a year to be sure they still fit
  • Matches in a watertight container

For additional information and items to include in an emergency kit, visit to

Be Informed

  • Know what types of weather emergencies are common in the Midwest and may impact you, your family, or your business.
  • Meet your neighbors at home and at work.
  • Take a first aid class. Do you have a fully stocked first aid kit available? Can you quickly find it in an emergency?
  • Learn CPR.
  • If your business has an AED, ask to be trained in its proper operation.
  • If you have school age children, inquire about emergency plans developed by the school district.
  • If you have only a cell phone and no land line, register your cell's number with E-com.