Be Prepared – Make a Plan

Making a family disaster plan involves discussing what your family will do during an actual emergency.

  • Decide on a meeting place in the event your home is inaccessible.
  • Designate an out-of-town friend or relative as a point of contact.
  • Plan for the specific needs of your household, such as transportation of medical equipment.
  • Prepare an emergency kit with essential items to last at least three days:
    • Battery-powered radio and extra batteries
    • Non-perishable food and a can opener
    • Water
    • Flashlights
    • First aid kit and medications
    • Pet supplies

See Detailed Steps for Personal Preparedness

Resources for Making a Plan

Arlington Prepares AppThe County’s new Arlington Prepares mobile app provides users with smartphones an easy way to stay prepared — no matter where you might be when a crisis happens. The Arlington Prepares app (look for the logo) is available as a free download in the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace.

Be Ready, Make a Plan: You can download forms, get alerts from around the National Capital Region (NCR), and find out how the NCR has prepared for an emergency.

Pet Preparedness: Remember the animals.

Personal Response: Steps for personal preparedness.

American Red Cross: Find useful information about preparing for specific emergencies from heat waves to chemical emergencies.

American Red Cross, National Capital Chapter: Local American Red Cross chapter providing resources, classes and assistance to the Arlington County community.

Northern Virginia Regional Commission: Provides tips for creating various plans to account for extended periods without power or even creating go-kits.

Ready.gov: Get useful checklists, downloads, and information to keep you family, business, and kids prepared during an emergency.

Wireless Communications: Tips from Verizon to help wireless device users prepare an emergency communications plan and stay connected in the event of an emergency.