Creating a Family Emergency Plan, ensures you and your family will know what to do, where to go and how to contact each other in the event of an emergency.
Discuss the Types of Disasters Most Likely to Happen in Your Area and Explain What to do in Each Case
Everyone should know what to do in case all family members are not together. Discussing disasters ahead of time will help reduce fear and anxiety and will help everyone know how to appropriately respond.
Pick Two Places to Meet
Pick a place right outside of your home in case of a sudden emergency, like a fire, and choose a place outside of your neighborhood in case you can’t return home or are asked to leave your neighborhood. Everyone must know the address and phone number of the meeting locations.
Develop an Emergency Communication Plan
In case family members are separated from one another during floods or other disasters, have a plan for getting back together. Separation is a real possibility during the day when adults are at work and children are at school.
Ask an Out-of-Town Relative or Friend to be Your “Family Contact”
Your contact should live outside of your area. After a disaster, it is often easier to make a long distance call than a local call. Family members should call the contact and tell him or her where they are. Everyone must know the contact’s name, address, and phone number.
Discuss What to Do if Authorities Ask You to Evacuate
Make arrangements for a place to stay with a friend or relative who lives out of town and/or learn about shelter locations. Be familiar with escape routes. Depending on the type of disaster, it may be necessary to evacuate your home. Plan several escape routes in case certain roads are blocked or closed. Remember to always follow the advice of local officials during evacuation situations.