Getting prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Oftentimes, people don’t know where to start, so they don’t start at all. The threat of natural and man made disaster is real, even in Gloucester County. It’s easy to think that it will never happen here, but 91% of all Americans live in a place that is at a moderate to high risk of disaster.In a disaster, things are different. The Sheriff’s Office and Fire & Rescue may not be able to get to us; we may not have access to grocery stores, cell phones, or ATM machines. You are the only one who can ensure your own safety and the safety of your family in a disaster.  You are the only one who can ensure your own safety and the safety of your family in disaster. Every step you take in becoming prepared will help first responders, your loved ones, and others in your community.

Do 1 Thing is a web-based twelve month preparedness program that focuses on a different area of emergency preparedness each month, and provides a range of preparedness options for each topic . Preparing for emergencies can begin with doing one thing a month to become better equipped for what life throws at you. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens .  

Jan Make A Plan

  1. Make a Plan
  2. Kids
  3. Older Adults
  4. Businesses
  5. Disabilities, Access & Functional Needs
  6. Pets & Service Animals
  7. En Espanol

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive Emergency Alerts and warnings?

  2. What is my shelter plan?

  3. What is my evacuation route?

  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:

  • Different ages of members within your household

  • Responsibilities for assisting others

  • Locations frequented

  • Dietary needs

  • Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment

  • Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment

  • Languages spoken

  • Cultural and religious considerations

  • Pets or service animals

  • Households with school-aged children

Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.

Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household