Disaster Relief Advice To Families


Are you aware of your feelings right now? It is okay to feel angry, mad, and/or sad! Understand your feelings, especially around children and teens, as you proceed with the following actions:


Things to Know Before a Shelter Stay or Emergency Evacuation


  1. Do you know what your local or community news source is suggesting? 
  2. Do you know whether your state is under a state of emergency?
  3. Do you know whether your community has been told to evacuate or prepare to evacuate?
  4. Do you have nearby building structures that are old and vacant?
  5. Do you have nearby trees that are old and leaning?
  6. Do you have a full tank of gas in your vehicle?
  7. Do you know your child's school's emergency plan?
  8. Do you know whether water is surrounding your vehicle, during evacuation? If so, abandon the vehicle immediately. Be careful while walking to higher ground or non-flooded area.
  9. If applicable, do you have your pet's disaster-relief supplies and kit? 

After a Shelter Stay or Emergency Evacuation

  1. Do you know whether you must boil your water?
  2. Do you know whether to expect flooding or additional flooding?
  3. Do you know whether food has been on the counter for more than two hours?
  4. Do you have any chlorine bleach? white vinegar and baking soda?
  5. If your stove is working, do you own a charcoal grill?
  6. If your refrigerator isn't working, do you have at least 25 lbs of dry ice?
  7. Do you still have or need to restock your family's disaster kit?
  8. Do you need to go to the store? Water? Formula?
  9. Do you know if your street has flooded out?
  10. Do you know whether mud is a concern in your local community?
  11. Do you smell gas nearby? Do you hear a hissing or blowing sound?
  12. Do you have floodwater coming into your unique homestyle? Have local, state, or federal authorities considered your homestyle to be unsafe?
  13. Do you know whether any animals have entered inside of your unique homestyle? Do not approach wild animals. Do not attempt to remove or touch a dead animal. If so, call your local wildlife control office.
  14. Do you see any sparks, broken, or frayed wires?
  15. Do you know whether sewage lines are intact before flushing your toilet?
  16. Do you see any buckling of walls anywhere?
  17. Do you know whether your kitchen cabinets are secure?


Family Disaster Relief Plan and Kit

  • Do you have important documents stored in a waterproof container?
  • Do you have plastic grocery bags? to place over your luggage, etc.?
  • Do you have canned good on hand that are not swollen, dented, or corroded?
  • Do you have batteries on hand that are not swollen, dented, or corroded?
  • Have you charged your cell phone? Do you have your cell phone's charger?
  • Do you have your family's kit-items in a duffel bag or backpack? Is it too heavy to carry?
  • Do you have a sturdy stick for each household member? You may have to use stick to walk in floodwaters.