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Your Family Disaster Plan

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Disasters can strike anyone, anytime, and anywhere. The emergency may require you and your family to evacuate your home or to stay at home without electricity or water. Advance planning can save precious time in an emergency. This course provides step by step instructions for developing a family disaster plan. (It is based on the course “Personal Preparedness” which provides similar information for anyone who might be required to respond to an emergency as a worker or volunteer.)


This course is intended for the general public (Anyone who might be called to respond to an emergency that might keep them away from home for a period of time should consider taking “Personal Preparedness” instead of this course. This would include people working in public health or healthcare as well as volunteers such as members of the Medical Reserve Corps or Community Emergency Response Teams.)


After completing this course, the learner will be able to describe:

  • The importance of a Family Disaster Plan
  • The elements of a Family Disaster Plan
  • How these plans might function in different emergency situation


Originally launched August 2007. Updated October 2014.

Technical Requirements

This course is built to XHTML 1.1 specifications. A modern web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox is required to view the pages.


Estimated time for this course is 1 hour


Free and open to the public


The course was created by Cheryl Reeves, Associate Director for Instructional Development, at the University at Albany's Center for Public Health Preparedness.


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