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Make a Plan

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Making a Plan is more than just printing a checklist you find online.  It's about taking stock of the risks in your community, eliminating dangers where possible, identifying your own needs and the needs of your dependents, developing and sharing plans with family members of how you will recognize an emergency and what steps you will take.  The page includes links to emergency planning resources for:

Emergency Planning for You, Your Family, and Your Pets 


The State of North Carolina's ReadyNC website is an excellent source of information when developing an your emergency plan for you, your family, and your pets.  It also includes specific guidance for Seniors and those with Functional Needs (mobility problems, deaf and hard of hearing, others).

Emergency Planning for Businesses

  • Up to 40% of businesses affected by a natural or human-caused disaster never reopen. (Source: Insurance Information Institute)
  • Insurance is only a partial solution. It does not cover all losses and it will not replace customers.
  • An Ad Council survey reported that nearly two-thirds (62%) of respondents said they do not have an emergency plan in place for their business.

Ready Business

FEMA's Ready Business website includes information, guidelines, and toolkits for preparing your business to stay in business after disaster.

Open For Business EZ

Another excellent, free resource for business emergency planning is the OFB-EZ: Open For Business Toolkit.

Emergency Planning for Livestock & Agribusiness

Farm animals and livestock rely on their humans to protect them and keep them safe in all types of emergencies.  The steps you take or don't take will directly impact their well-being.

Got to be NC Agriculture

North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Disaster website has information on disaster preparedness for farms and other agribusiness.


North Carolina's Cooperative Extension's website and our Chatham County Cooperative Extension staff are also an excellent source for information.

Have questions about making an Emergency Plan?

Contact Chatham County Emergency Management at 919-545-8191.