Emergency Preparedness

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In 2003, FEMA partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to launch the Ready campaign, aimed at involving the public in personal preparedness and with the goal of increasing the level of basic preparedness across the nation.  Ready asks individuals to do three key things:

  1. Make a family emergency plan.
  2. Create an emergency supply kit for your family.
  3. Be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.

Deaf, blind, and limited sight populations: Over the past few years, Americans have experienced both natural and man made disasters.  In an effort to better inform the community, the Northeast Texas Public Health District has compiled 18 Emergency Preparedness Topics and formatted the information to be friendly to deaf, blind, and limited sight populations.  The information is in video and downloadable document format for public use. To view this information, click here.

Please click here for the Special Needs Toolkit from Ready Montana.  Ready Montana is an initiative of the Governor’s Office of Community Service that seeks to increase the preparedness of Montanans for disasters and emergencies of all types. Discover how you can help prepare your family, neighborhood, and community by visiting


1. Family Emergency Plan 

  • Meet with household members to discuss emergencies such as fires, severe weather and chemical hazards
  • Review's Make A Plan webpage.
  • Pick two emergency meeting places:
    1. a place near your home in case of a fire
    2. a place outside your neighborhood in case you cannot return home after a disaster
  • Identify at least two escape routes from your home
  • Select contacts in case household members are separated during an emergency (contacts should include one non-local person and one local person)
  • Post emergency telephone numbers near the telephones
  • Teach children when to call 9-1-1
  • Create a safety profile with Smart911
  • Discuss what to do for power outages
  • Discuss what to do for personal injuries
  • Instruct household members to turn on the radio for emergency information
  • Be informed about what to do in different types of emergencies, see below
  • Prepare an Emergency Supply Kit, see below
  • Place important records in a water and fire-proof container

2. Emergency Supply Kit

Families should have some basic supplies on hand in order to survive for a minimum of three days if an emergency occurs. 

Families and individuals should create an emergency list that considers their unique needs when preparing their family’s kit. Include medications, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, etc. Individuals should also consider keeping smaller portable kits in their workplace, vehicle or other places they spend time.


3. Types of Emergencies that could occur in Missoula County

Please click on the links above to view more information about what to do before, during and after these types of hazards.  This is not an all inclusive list. 

For address-specific hazard risk data, please view the Missoula Ready! websiteMissoula Ready! provides information for you to learn more about the natural disasters that could impact your family and how to prepare for them.