DHHS Family Disaster Plan

An all-hazards guide is designed to serve as a basis for a general family disaster plan. While it does not provide specific information on pandemic influenza, it offers a thorough approach to basic planning for emergencies. The guide provides a template in which household members can record vital information, such as prescription medication needs, allergies, and special functional needs. One reviewer thought that this emphasis on planning for people with disabilities/special functional needs would be particularly useful in the event that care is provided without easy access to medical records. The guide also contains thoughtful resources, such as space to draw a layout of one's home with highlighted emergency features and diagrams that depict how to shut off water, gas, and electric supplies. Overall, it provides a valuable service to the general public by providing an easy-to-use template for family preparedness. It clearly describes several ways in which families can remain safe during an emergency.

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