Making Your Plan

What is an emergency plan?

An emergency refers to any situation that is threatening and requires quick response from you. When you see a risk to self, property, health or environment, you act quickly to prevent any worsening of the situation.  It can range from loss of electricity to a global pandemic like COVID-19.  The key is to have a plan.

Tip #1

With your family or household members, discuss how to prepare and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play.  You should identify tasks for each member of your household and work together as a team - and

practice as many elements of your plan as possible.

Tip #2

During an emergency, the thing people really need, in addition to safety, food and water, is information.  And that is exactly what communication networks like wireless and broadband provide.  That's why experts say it's important to make sure your cell phone is charged and protected from the elements during an emergency or disaster.

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Dr. Daniel Barnett

Associate Professor

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health