Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation. Store them in an easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or duffle bag.  In addition to the basic emergency kits supplies recommended by FEMA, parents of children with hearing loss should also include items such as:

  • Hearing aid or cochlear implant batteries
  • Dry aid kits, waterproof covers or other protective cases or covers for devices
  • Cord clips, mic locks or body clips to ensure devices are not lost if they fall off
  • Information for first responders to better communicate with your child

Emergency ChecklistBasic preparedness kit supplies for families

  • A supply of water (one gallon per person per day). Store water in sealed, unbreakable containers. Identify the storage date and replace every six months.
  • A supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food and a non-electric can opener.
  • A change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags.
  • A first aid kit and prescription medications.
  • An extra pair of glasses.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlight and plenty of extra batteries.
  • Credit cards and cash.
  • An extra set of car keys.
  • A list of family physicians.
  • A list of important family information; the style and serial number of medical devices such as pacemakers.
  • Special items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.


In addition to the basic emergency plan recommended by FEMA, parents of children with hearing loss should also discuss:

  • How to interact with first responders in an emergency
  • Prepare a Communication Guide for first responders
  • Remind your child’s teachers how to communicate with your child in an emergency, or even a fire drill.
  • Be sure your plan includes other accommodations necessary for your family

To create a basic family emergency plan:

  • Meet with household members to discuss the dangers of fire, severe weather, earthquakes and other emergencies. Explain how to respond to each.
  • Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster.
  • Discuss what to do about power outages and personal injuries.
  • Draw a floor plan of your home. 
  • Mark two escape routes from each room.
  • Show family members how to turn off the water, gas and electricity at main switches when necessary.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near telephones.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police and fire.
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information.
  • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative for family members to call if separated during a disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).
  • Teach children your out-of-state contact’s phone numbers.
  • Pick two emergency meeting places. 
  • A place near your home in case of a fire. 
  • A place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster.
  • Take a basic first aid and CPR class.
  • Keep family records in a water and fire-proof container.

 Adapted from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Emergency Preparedness Checklist available from Ready.gov.