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Preparing for potential emergencies and disasters

Having a Family Plan is the first important step towards being prepared, as your family may not be together as a disaster occurs. It is also important to inquire about different emergency plans at daycare, school, work, faith-based organizations, sports facilities or other places your family spends time on a regular basis. Get involved with your neighbors and learn about any neighborhood or apartment complex emergency plans. If these entities don't already have emergency plans in place, encourage them to create them or help them yourself.

BELOW IS A LIST OF THE INFORMATION YOU SHOULD CONSIDER INCLUDING IN YOUR FAMILY PLAN

  • How to contact one another; who contacts who, how, in which order, etc. It is useful to have a contact card given to each family member outling your "calling tree" and important emergency phone numbers. Remember texting sometimes goes through when phone calls won’t.
  • How to get back together. Have one meeting place in neighborhood and one that is out of neighborhood.
  • Out of state contact. The out of state contact will help you have a centralized person that each of your family members can contact. This way your out of state contact can provide you with information regarding the other family members who have reached them. Remember that another good reason to have out of town contacts handy is because it is often easier to reach people out of the area in disasters because of the overflow of calls to the area. 
  • Aiding family members with special needs
  • Unique situations to consider. 
  • Shutting off utilities
  • Care of pets