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Your Safety Plan

Make a plan

You and your family can create an emergency plan with little effort. An emergency plan can be vital because you may not be together when a disaster strikes. 
Your emergency plan should consider how your family will react based on the situation. All members of your household should know what to do in an emergency. Your plan should include how to:

  • Get to a safe place
  • Meet up together
  • Stay connected to family
  • Keep informed before, during and after the emergency

Be weather-aware

Check daily weather forecasts and plan. Know your location at all times. Know when you've crossed a city border or a county line so you'll know when you've moved from one weather warning area to another. Understand weather alerts. Know the difference between:

  • Advisory (severe weather is possible in a few days)
  • Watch (conditions are right for severe weather), and
  • Warning (take cover now)

A good tool is a NOAA weather radio. You can buy them at a store or online.

Make a disaster supply kit

Get your emergency kit ready today. That way you're ready to go at a moment's notice.

Basic household items you may need in the event of an emergency: 

Food and water

  • Water - 1 gallon per person per day for at least three days
  • Food - at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Can opener - if kit contains canned food

Communication and tools

  • NOAA weather radio with tone alert and extra batteries
  • Whistle to signal for help 
  • Mobile phone with chargers
  • Local maps
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

Protection and cleaning supplies

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place
  • Dust mask - to help filter contaminated air
  • First aid kit
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation


  • A copy of your family emergency plan
  • Copies of family documents such as birth certificates and passports

When emergency hits

Turn on your NOAA Weather Radio and/or a television for information. Follow instructions when advised to evacuate or shelter-in-place. If informed to shelter-in-place stay inside and close all windows and doors. Also, activate your emergency plan and locate your emergency kit.


Pet Preparedness

About 75% of U.S. households which accounts for 85 millions families, own pets according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA). When preparing your family emergency plan, it is important to include your pets.
Before an emergency:
Make sure your pets' ID tags and medical information are up to date,
Make a pet emergency kit that includes food, water, medications, veterinary records and pet first aid kit,
Identify shelters, hotels and motels that allow pets in case you need to evacuate,
Make sure you have a secure pet carrier, leash or harness,
Make a back-up emergency plan in case you can't care for your animals yourself.

During an emergency:
Bring your pets inside immediately,
Keep small pets away from cats and dogs. The anxiety of an emergency situation can cause pets to act irrationally,
If you have to evacuate, do NOT leave your pets behind,
Feed pets moist or canned food to help them stay hydrated.

St. Louis County is now equipped with an AKC Pet Disaster Relief trailer that can be dispatched to any disaster scenes that need assistance sheltering pets.

AKC Pet Disaster Relief, a national program that is dedicated to keeping pets and their owners safe in the aftermath of natural or civil disasters, joined forces with local American Kennel Club dog clubs and dog lovers to present the OEM with an emergency trailer.

The trailer houses and delivers essential supplies such as fans, lighting and generators; cleaning supplies; maintenance items; and animal care items including crates and carries as well as bowls, collars and leashes. These supplies can be used as co-location shelters, where people can evacuate with their pets, as well as emergency animal shelters for displaced animals.

After an emergency:

In the first few days after the disaster, leash your pets when they go outside. Always maintain close contact. Familiar scents and landmarks may be altered and your pet may become confused and lost if left unattended. 

The behavior of your pets may change after an emergency. Normally quiet and friendly pets may become aggressive or defensive. Talk to your veterinarian if your pets exhibits signs of altered behavior.