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Developing an Emergency Plan for Families

Developing an emergency plan can help you and your family be prepared for whatever comes your way. It is never too early to develop a plan for your family. It is also a good idea to revisit and update existing plans. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is requiring us to plan in different ways than other emergencies. One important plan to have in place is what to do if a parent or guardian becomes sick or hospitalized due to the virus.

We encourage you to develop a plan for how you, your family, and caregivers will respond to a potential illness or hospitalization. Having a plan can help reduce stress in the event of an emergency and help everyone transition. Start by having a conversation with everyone involved and use this as a guide.

How to Make a Plan

  •  Make a Plan Minnesota! Instructions (PDF)
    1. Plan- Every family’s needs are different. You know your family’s strengths, situation, and children best. Now is the time to talk with your family and engage your support systems who can help. Together, you can determine how to ensure the safety and care of your children and set caregivers up for success
    2. Prepare- Once you have discussed your family’s emergency plan, it’s time to put it on paper. To make this easier, we have developed a voluntary COVID-19 Family Planning and Information Kit (PDF). The kit gathers all the important information we talked about above and keeps it in one easy location. The kit is based on the Minnesota Department of Health and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s recommendations
    3. Share- The final step in creating your plan is critical. Let people know that you have an emergency plan created for your family. Email, text, or tell your family, neighbors, teachers or child care providers, faith-based communities, and health care professionals. Make sure to review essential information with any alternate caregivers.
  • Get started on writing your family’s emergency plan using the voluntary COVID-19 Family Planning and Information Kit. You can complete the kit online and save it or print it out to add your information.  

More Help

There are resources to help if you need help creating a plan or do not have someone who can care for your child. Please call the MDH COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-657-3903 for assistance and to learn about resources and alternate care options. Below are additional resources to support parents and caregivers:


Slow the Spread of COVID-19

 For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Minnesota Department of Health Website.

  • Practice social distancing
  • Stay home when you are stick
  • Wear your mask in public spaces
  • Cover your cough
  • Wash your hands well