National Preparedness Month: Make a Plan to Prepare for Disasters


As we move into the second week of Naitonal Preparedness Month, we're reminded by the recent images of Hurricane Dorian impacting the Bahamas and east coast of the United States. For most people in the Houston area, watching the hurricane's devastation brings back memories of the times we have had to endure and plan for similar weather emergencies.

If you are wondering when you should start planning for disasters, the best time to prepare is well before one is imminent. To develop or update your personal emergency plan, you should review and answer these questions:

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts & warnings?
  2. What is my evacuation plan?
  3. What is my shelter plan?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?

While you are answering these questions, consider your specific needs and the needs of your household, including dietary and medical needs, pets or service animals and any language or cultural needs. To develop your personal emergency plan, you can visit the "Make a Plan" webpage on for more information.

For specific emergency planning resources for the University of Houston, visit the Office of Ememergency Management website.