Make a Plan
Family Emergency Plan
You should plan in advance what you will do in an emergency. Be prepared to assess the situation, use common sense and whatever you have on hand to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Think about the places where your family spends time: school, work and other places you frequent. Ask about their emergency plans. Find out how they will communicate with families during an emergency. If they do not have a plan, consider helping develop one. When communities, families, and individuals are prepared, the fear, anxiety and loss that accompany a disaster are greatly reduced.
Develop a Family Plan
Your family may not be together when a disaster strikes, so plan how you will contact one another and review what you will do in different situations. Consider a plan where each family member calls, or emails, the same friend or relative in the event of an emergency. It may be easier to make a long-distance phone call than to call across town, so an out-of –state contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members. Be sure each person knows the phone number and has coins or a pre-paid phone card to call the emergency contact. It is also a good idea to have predetermined meeting places in case you are separated or cannot get home. Use the following templates to assist you and your family in developing disaster plans.