Disaster Preparedness for Families With Special Needs, Children or Pets

Young boy standing on a street in a neighborhood holding a colorful hand drawn map

A major part of disaster preparation is stocking up on essential survival gear and food that will get you through an emergency situation. Water and non-perishable foods? Check. Toilet paper? Double check. Flashlights, batteries and a first-aid kit? Triple check. But if your family includes someone with special needs, kids or pets, here are a few things you don’t want to forget:

  • Assistive devices for family members with special needs
  • Games or something to occupy the kids
  • Food and water for the family pet

Military families and service members pride themselves on readiness. When faced with a natural disaster or other emergency, "ready" means planning and preparing to care for everyone in your household — kids, family members with special needs and pets.

Read More »


Find programs and services at your local installation.

View a directory of installations

Service members, family members, surviving family members, service providers and leaders rely on Military OneSource for policy, procedures, timely articles, cutting-edge social media tools and support. All in one place, empowering our military community.