Build an Emergency Plan 1 Month at a Time

Being prepared for disasters and emergencies can seem like a big job. Many people don't know where to start, so they never start at all. With Do 1 Thing you can take small steps that make a big difference in an emergency.  


When our community is prepared, emergency responders can help more people and in turn, when citizens are more prepared, they can help their neighbors.  

The concept of Do1Thing entails doing "1thing" each month in order to build an emergency plan. The program breaks emergency planning down into small and easy steps to help alleviate the stress of doing everything at once.  Each month a new tab will be added below to share the 1 thing you can do that month to be more prepared.    

  1. March
  2. February
  3. January 
  4. December
  5. November

Sheltering:  Know how to respond safely when instructions are given to evacuate or take shelter.


Identify the best storm shelter in your home and practice getting to the shelter with your family. 
Use these rules of thumb to find the best tornado shelter possible:
• Stay away from windows and skylights
• Shelter “down and in” - Put as many walls between yourself and the outside as you can (think of the ceiling as a wall)
• Avoid rooms with large ceiling expanses
• Find an area large enough for everyone to stay comfortably for at least 45 minutes

Learn how to safely shelter in place.
In an emergency like a chemical spill, you may be told to “shelter in place”. This means to make the place where you are a safe place to stay until the danger has passed. Shelter in place orders are given when it would be dangerous for you to go outside.

Make a "Go Bag" for emergency sheltering
Emergency shelters will be opened when people are displaced from their homes. In most areas emergency shelters are operated by the American Red Cross.