Family Home Evening Lesson: Family Emergency Plans

Opening Song: Today, While the Sun Shines

Scripture:”…if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” – D&C 38:30

Lesson Development:**
-We have just moved into a new home. We are grateful for it. We have done many things to prepare to be here. Even though it is new, and it seems safe, do you think we should still have a plan for if there is an emergency?
– What kind of Emergencies should we plan for?

  • Fire
  • Tornado (or other weather, depending on where you live)
  • Stranger Danger
  • Robber / Break-in
  • Ice Storm
  • Power Outage
  • Baby Safety

Why do you think that it is important to have a plan? If we had a fire tonight, do you know what you would do? Neither do I!!! Let’s get a plan together.


  • Check all of the plugs and outlets. Make sure that they are safe.
  • Check smoke alarms.
  • Make sure home exits are clear
  • Make a fire escape plan. Make sure that there are two ways to exit each room.
  • Pick a safe place to meet outside in case of a fire.
  • Locate fire extinguishers.


  • Figure out a place to go in case of a tornado.
  • Weather radio
  • Flashlights
  • 72 hour kit

Stranger Danger / Break-In

  • Practice answering the door. – This is a trick. Only Mom and Dad answer the door.
  • Role play – escaping the home – in case of emergency.
  • What do you do if you think you hear someone coming into the house.

Ice Storm

  • Food storage
  • 72 Hour Kit
  • Blankets, candles

Power Outage

  • Flashlights
  • Telephone – to call electric company
  • 72 Hour Kit

Baby Safety

  • Locks on all doors/drawers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Poison Control Phone Number
  • Other things we should be aware of (leaving Bathroom doors open, etc)

As we make sure our home is safe for times of peace and emergency, we will not have to be afraid. We will be prepared. We will know what we do in case something happens. Most likely, we won’t have to worry about any of these things, but just in case we do have an emergency, we’ll be ready.

—As you discuss each need for family emergency plans, Check through your house to see if you’re ready. This is a good FHE lesson and Activity combination.

Closing Song: How Firm a Foundation

**Note- these are a few ideas. You should taylor it according to the needs of your own family. In my family, we have a 9 year old, 7 year old, and 1 year old. I’ll try to give some general points, but this is, in no way, a specific lesson plan!


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