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Make the plan that's right for you, using the resources provided.

Having plans in place before an emergency or disaster allows you to determine how to protect yourself and your family. It is important to ensure the whole family is a part of the planning process so that your plan addresses everyone's needs. This might include your kids, elderly family members, neighbors or even pets. A part of developing plans for you and your family, familiarize yourself with emergency plans at places that are a part of your everyday life, such as school, work, church, or day care.

Individual and Family Emergency Plans gather information about each family member to help you identify where to go, how to reconnect, and the basic things you need in case of emergency.  Remember to account for each member of your family and their needs.  You can download an emergency plan from this page and fill it out at home via the American Red Cross or Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Plans for Persons with Disabilities and Others with Access and Functional Needs help you and your household consider how to make sure family members, friends, neighbors, and people you work with who have a disability or others with access and functional needs can be prepared for an emergency.  Resources to help you make these plans can be downloaded from the American Red Cross or Federal Emergency Management Agency .

Plans for Pets and Service Animals help you consider the needs of those companion and service animals in your home and life.  These resources help you consider emergency kits, ways to check up on your pets when you can't get home, and considerations for animals in shelters.  Resources to help you make these plans can be downloaded from the American Red Cross  or Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Plans for Business, Organizations and Schools are also important to community preparedness.  If you own a business, work for a school or other type of organization, the Red Cross Ready Rating Program is a first-of-its-kind emergency readiness program designed to help businesses, schools and organizations become better prepared for emergencies. Broken down into five manageable and important steps, the Ready Rating Program provides a basic framework to make emergency preparedness measurable and visible for Members. Learn more at

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Find out where to go when you need information before, during and after an emergency.
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Pull together the essentials you need to survive for a few hours or a few days.
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Learn more about the types of emergencies we could face in the St. Louis region, and how to prepare.
Unfortunately, we can't predict how or when emergencies will happen. When an emergency strikes, how will you reunite with your family if you are in different locations? Who will take care of your pets? What will you do if your power goes out in the middle of winter and cannot be restored for days? What about your special accommodations?

The time to ask yourself these questions is long before you need the answers. Creating an emergency plan is one of the simplest, most effective ways to combat fear and uncertainty during stressful situations. It takes only a bit of time.
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