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Mobile County Emergency Management Agency

Disaster Planning - Family

Make A Plan

Preparedness is key, which is why it’s so important to have a plan. While disasters can be unpredictable, a plan can help ensure that you and your family stay safe when a disaster strikes. So, please take time to create a disaster plan by following the simple steps below.

Put a plan together by discussing the questions below with your family, friends or household to start your emergency plan.

Make a plan: Prepare your home

Your home may be what stands between you and a disaster. There are easy things you can do now to make your home ready to withstand a strong storm, and they do not have to be expensive fixes.

Remember ABC: anchor, brace, and cover.

Anchor

  • Bring in anything from the yard that could become windborne.
  • Replace gravel and rock landscaping material with lightweight mulch.
  • Trim and anchor down trees and foliage.
  • Secure utility sheds and carports. Ask the installer about recommended methods.

Brace

  • Bolt all doors with floor and head bolts.
  • Reinforce doors and tracks.

Cover

  • Cover all large windows and doors (especially patio doors) with reliable impact-resistant shutters fitted with the proper mounting hardware.
  • Properly caulk and weather-strip windows and doors to reduce water intrusion.

Make a plan: Prepare Your Yard and Property

Getting your yard ready to weather the storm can help keep you and your home safe. High winds can turn even the heaviest items into deadly projectiles that can break through your windows, doors, and even walls.

To prepare:

Properly prune trees and shrubs before any storms threaten. Do not leave piles of branches that can become missiles in high winds.

Keep your gutters and downspouts clear and in good working order.

When a hurricane warning is issued, bring in all yard items, such as furniture, toys, birdbaths/feeders, and barbecue grills.