Johnson County



Launched in February 2003, Ready is a National public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to and mitigate emergencies, including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.

Ready and its Spanish language version Listo ask individuals to do four key things: (1) stay informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses (2) make a family emergency plan and (3)  build an emergency supply kit, and (4) get involved in your community by taking action to prepare for emergencies.


Know what disasters and hazards could affect your area, how to get emergency alerts, and where you would go if you and your family need to evacuate.


Make A Plan
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area.  Know how you’ll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that’s familiar and easy to find.

Step 1: Put together a plan by discussing these 4 questions with your family, friends, or household to start your emergency plan.

  1. How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings?
  2. What is my shelter plan?
  3. What is my evacuation route?
  4. What is my family/household communication plan?


Step 2:  Consider specific needs in your household.

  1. As you prepare your plan tailor your plans and supplies to your specific daily living needs and responsibilities. Discuss your needs and responsibilities and how people in the network can assist each other with communication, care of children, business, pets, or specific needs like the operation of durable medical equipment. Create your own personal network for specific areas where you need assistance.  Keep in mind some these factors when developing your plan:
  2. Different ages of members within your household
  3. Responsibilities for assisting others
  4. Locations frequented
  5. Dietary needs
  6. Medical needs including prescriptions and equipment
  7. Disabilities or access and functional needs including devices and equipment
  8. Languages spoken
  9. Cultural and religious considerations
  10. Pets or service animals
  11. Households with school-aged children


Step 3: Fill out a Family Emergency Plan

  1. Download and fill out a family emergency plan or use them as a guide to create your own.


Step 4: Practice your plan with your family/household

Are you ready?

​Click the logo above to visit Ready.gov to get more information on household emergency preparedness!​

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