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Create an Individual or Family Disaster Plan
Every household should have a disaster plan! Meet with your family members and discuss why you need to prepare for a disaster. Discuss and explain the dangers of the various hazards that may impact your home or your community. Explain what to do for each hazard. Plan to share responsibilities and work together as a team. Indentify the essential things that you will need to be able to survive for 3 to 5 days, if emergency responders are unable to rescue you or if you have to relocate to an emergency shelter. Use the Family Emergency Plan at as a guide to help you through the process.
Individuals with Access and Functional Needs - Individuals with functional needs may need to take additional steps to prepare.
Individuals should inventory what every day needs they will require to live independently. Stock your emergency kit with essential items such as medical supplies, dietary foods, manual mobility devices, hearing aids and batteries, and supplies for a service animal. For more information on functional needs preparedness please use
Babies and Infants - Families with babies or infants will need such items as baby formula, diapers, diaper rash ointment, bottles or infant cups, powdered milk, medications, moist towelettes, etc. 
For young children, you may also want to think about just a few of items to provide some comfort such as:  a small board game, a stuff animal, drawing paper and crayons.
For more information on babies and infants preparedness use
Senior Citizens - Seniors should create a network of neighbors, relatives, and friends to aid them in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. Make arrangements for transportations needs when requested to evacuate from your home.
Seniors should keep specialized items ready, including extra medication, oxygen, catheters, batteries/chargers for mobility devices and hearing aids, supplies for service animals or any other items you might need. For more information on senior citizens preparedness please use
Pets - If you evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! You do not know when you will return and animals cannot take care of themselves. Other than service animals, domestic pets are not allowed in the human emergency shelter.
Pinal County will establish an animal shelter facility at or near the human shelter to care for your pets. Please include a copy of your pet's vaccination papers, food, collar and leash, medication, etc. in your emergency kit. For more information on pets and animal preparedness please use


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