With your family or household members, talk about how to prepare for and respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to occur where you live, learn, and work. To protect your home and family, it's important to be prepared and have a plan in place. The family preparedness plan contains four steps families must take to be prepared for any disaster. The term refers to the steps you take to make sure you are safe before, during, and after an emergency or natural disaster.
These plans are important for your safety in both natural and man-made disasters. Examples of natural disasters include floods, blizzards, tornadoes and earthquakes. Man-made disasters can include explosions, fires, and chemical and biological attacks. Planning makes it possible to manage the entire life cycle of a potential crisis.
Strategic and operational planning sets priorities, identifies expected levels of performance and capacity requirements, provides the standard for evaluating capabilities, and helps stakeholders learn their roles. The European Commission contributes to Sendai Priority 4 by ensuring that disaster preparedness is systematically integrated into humanitarian aid programs and projects in all sectors. Because you may not have much time to evacuate when a disaster strikes, it's important to have a plan to get your family out of harm's way quickly and efficiently. The EU supports early warning and monitoring systems, and funds projects to strengthen disaster response capacities at national and local levels.